We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You think you cannot appreciate art music. Well, you have not been properly introduced. Pop music needs little introduction but art music does because we do not automatically know our way around it. You know your way around a Lacrosse field (and so do I - played it like a redskin, lost a tooth).
This is an excellent intro, much better than I got in college: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. Readers know how much we love Bob Greenberg. My Mom loved him too. Buy it, or ask me to lend you my copy (which is actually on loan from a friend with whom we exchange Great Courses).
The Great Courses is one of the most life-enriching things we know of. We generally do one session of some course every evening.
And lets not forget, Disney's Fantasia (Mussorgsky's Night on Witch Mountain) and many other bits of entertainment that lead to things like the "20 greatest hits of classical music" CD then for some to scouring thrift stores and obscure corners of the internet for dusty 78's.
You can find some excellent introductions to classical music if you google for books (some are out of print) by David Dubal. David is a tireless promoter of classical music, particularly piano music, and never gives up trying to introduce it to neophytes.
Otto Scheer's "Panzer musik", a neo-Baroque composition in the sonata da chiesa form of the trio sonata, concludes with a lovely descant. Big Band leader Harry James adopted part of the melody line in his version of "Cry Me A River".
I love The Great Courses! What are some of your favorites? One of mine is Introduction to Greek Philosophy by David Roochnik. I studied engineering and business in college. Didn't get much philosophy or literature, and am making up for lost time with The Great Courses. Bird Dog, this post may inspire me to broaden my horizons into classical music. Thanks for the post.