It's probably not the well rounded, cultured thing to admit - but It's true. My daughter on the other hand, she loves it. It's actually her favorite type of music, and has been for years. At this time, these two fellas in the photo and Pink are just about all she's listening to. We like to keep things balanced over here.
So, it stresses me out. I do appreciate classical music (who plays Moonlight Sonata more beautifully than Wilhelm Kempff?). Classical music reaches crazy levels of incredible in terms of creativity, intellect, composition and skill. But more often than not it makes me want to march in unison with 500 soldiers or shoot off a canon. Something like that. My reaction to it is purely emotional (or energetic), but isn't that how we respond to art in general?
Here's my dilemma. Emily and I thought it would be nice to listen to music during our days as homeschoolers. A little background vibe to keep things inspired and moving along each day. Her choice is to listen to classical and has been playing it for the last few days from our family stereo (we have not officially started school, she's gearing up I suppose). Of course, our family stereo is centrally located and Mozart is driving me batty! I'm just being honest here, please don't judge. Admittedly, I am not an expert in the classical genre, so my statements and feelings in this post are a generalization. I'm sure I am unaware of many wonderful artists and selections. We sure could use some help if you have any to offer! Our preference is for the music to be instrumental. I'm unable to focus on a single written word if there are voices/lyrics in the music - drawing or painting is one thing, bring on Ray and Lucinda for either of those - but for our studies, instrumental please.
I do have quite a collection of instrumental yoga music, but it does make you want to chill out in a few forward folds or a nice long savasana. I'm thinking some artists along the lines of Michael Hedges would be great for our little homeschool. I'd like to get some Cd's too, I'm tired of internet music, but that's another post altogether. How embarrassing to say I can't remember the last time I bought a CD. It's been forever since a package from CD Baby has arrived on my doorstep. I remember a time when they appeared almost weekly! Some of the best music I own has come from their recommendations.
I really should rekindle our relationship...
It feels like I've begun talking to myself here... I started asking you all for musical help (please do!), but now I seem to be answering my own questions at the same time. Funny how that works, the whole inner dialogue thing. Nonetheless, I am open to hearing all of your favorites, does anything come to mind?