Jimmie blogs the classics

Jimmie at The Sundries Shack tackles an unusual topic for bloggers, classical music, complaining about a WETA listener poll in which five of the top 10 selections were Beethoven. I’m with Jimmie in wishing for more variety. (Hello, Mozart? Liszt? Shubert?)

My tastes in classical music are eclectic. Jimmie wants more Wagner, but Wagner is mostly opera, and I can’t stand operatic singing. (I’m convinced the demons in hell warble like operatic sopranos.) The only Wagner I like is instrumental parts like “Ride of the Valkyries.” I like Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris.”

I suppose I’ll be written off as a philistine for confessing that I also like John Williams, but it’s kind of a sentimental thing. I used to have a girlfriend who was a huge “Indiana Jones” fan, and she liked to . . . uh, enjoy some quality time listening to the soundtrack.

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