Despite the fact that I'm listening to Rage Against The Machine as I write this, I'm noticing the music I listen to on a daily basis is now skewing towards things of a definite non "rage"-ing variety. Sure, I still listen to the odd metal album or two, but more often than not, I'm plugging in and listening to one of Mozart's symphonies instead of, say, Ronnie James Dio.
I can honestly say that had you told me that this would have happened when I was growing up, I'd have most likely laughed at you for hours on end while cranking up my turntable to rattle the windows with the latest offering from Motley Crue or Iron Maiden.
My denials wouldn't have mattered, though, as it's true. Not only am I listening to classical music, I'm actively seeking out more to purchase and enjoy. I'm guessing this is a rare thing nowadays judging from the looks I'm getting at my local record shop as I not only purchase the latest album by the Cowboy Junkies (which is AMAZING, by the way) alongside of the Elvis Costello two-CD set, The Juliet Letters, which he recorded with the Brodsky Quartet.
Did you even know Costello did an album with classical accompaniment? Me neither, but it's fantastic. It's neither a simple Costello album or a simple string quartet album; instead, it's a wonderful hybrid that stays true to its pieces as well as its whole self.
Probably what's moved me further along this variated path I'm taking in my musical tastes, was an honest attempt to do what this feature set out to do. Simply put, I'm trying to keep an open mind and (more importantly) ear to ALL different forms of music.
Well, that plus on a whim I decided to spring $50 on the 2011 iTunes season pass for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Alan Gilbert). For that one price I get to download all 12 of this year's scheduled performances nearly immediately after the performances take place. I think it is supposed to add up to nearly 30 hours of music for that one price.
And what music! So far I've had the pleasure of listening to the first five performances, and they have been: