Re: Yes : Progressive / psychedelic rockers (with some of the best album cover art to boot)
posted at 5/9/2012 4:09 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Yes : Progressive / psychedelic rockers (with some of the best album cover art to boot)
[QUOTE]Just throwing this out there, but isn't classical music considered to be conducive to thought? I would think that is part of why prog rock is considered 'thinking' music, along with the conceptual content of the lyrics.
Posted by Hfxsoxnut[/QUOTE]
With regard to live concerts, I attend on average, four per season, and have for the past several years. I feel I can benchmark fairly from that experience, by now, approx. 20-25 concerts.
When the concerts "work" for me, that is, when they speak to me, I think about them for months; currently, I am still thinking about a performance I saw in March, it was outstanding and I learned from it. It was very unusual and I loved the way it was performed. That's another piece of the equation for me: did I learn something (new)? That includes taking the responsibility to read the program notes so I have a historical perspective for the music and the composer. Many of the composers, I've never heard of, so how can I get as much out of the concert without that bit of knowledge? I can't. I speak for myself, others might not bother to read program notes, but I am a very context-oriented person, and also very holistic thinker.
In addition to thinking about the actual concerts, they do give me a great deal to reflect on in general, too. This is part of what makes the great concerts even greater, because they don't stop affecting and influencing me when the concert ends. Now this isn't to say that they are always great, either. Some are duds, that's life, you know?
Do I respond and think about rock concerts afterwards, keep them in my memory bank, feel rewarded, and even learn from them? Of course I do. But I'm not going to compare how I feel, what the concerts give me, how I "value" them (heh heh) or anything of the kind, because they are totally different and unique experiences, different venues, different expectations, etc.
Classical concerts give me a completely different experience to reflect on, and I build on what I learn every time I attend a concert. I used to feel I was always starting from scratch, but I don't feel that way anymore. That's a nice feeling because it means I'm learning, and learning is a big part of my value system.
So, all this to say, yes, classical music is very conducive to thought. :)