Re: [Harp-L] Comment about appreciation of art (music)

In the early 90s, I was working with some union printers as a makeup editor 
in the "cold type" composing room of what was once a large metropolitan daily 
newspaper (circulation 750,000 daily, 850,000 Sunday).

Somehow one of the printers started talking about music as they continued 
pasting up pages with paper type on the keyline grids. One of the printers 
related his experience of attending a symphony performance where he heard "the worst 
music I ever heard in my life. It was just terrible." 

This comment piqued my interest because over the years I've listened to music 
that I didn't particularly care for but mostly it was the performance that 
bothered me, not what they were attempting to play. A recording of a blues piano 
player playing on a badly out of tune piano.   

Or the time I had to work late and arrived after the middle school concert 
that my son was playing in started. 

As I entered the building, I could hear the kids playing their instruments. 
It was sort of an organized cacophony. "Good," I thought, "I'm still in time, 
they're tuning up their instruments." Just then, I entered the gym, where the 
sounds were coming from   and I realized that the concert had indeed started -- 
that "cacophony" was indeed the concert. To say I was shocked, was an 

It took me a few minutes to coax the music title out of this printer that he 
found to unlistenable.

"What was the name of the music?" I finally demanded, after he kept hedging.

"Rhapsody in Blue," he said.

"Oh," said. "I thought it might have been something else."

So there is no accounting for taste, whether is harmonica music or not.

Phil Lloyd
"I've never held classical music against anybody"

In a message dated 6/2/07 1:23:51 AM, ceudoazul@xxxxxxxxx writes:

> Many of the discussions about appreciating music (familiarity, education, 
> culture, brain development, etc.) have been very thoughtful and thought 
> provoking.
>   Before my brother's death, he had produced some incredible paintings and 
> had been gaining attention for his art (abstract/ impressionistic), 
> particularly in oil and acrylics.
>   I asked him once about what a particular painting "meant"; what was he 
> thinking.
>   His reply was, " Do you like it, or not?"
>   I paused and honestly answered yes.
>   He just said, "That's all you need to know."
>   He was not being a smart-ass. I will avoid using the "Z" word.
>   Thanks!
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