Be the butterfly

Dear #classicalmusic fan,

My recent letter Continuing the Conversation seemed to inspire a different kind of action, and prompted a lot of readers to let me know what they thought about it.

And the most common feedback was not quite what I was expecting.

It seems plenty more conversations about classical music took place, but what surprised me a little was the encouragement I received about these here daily lessons:

You like them.

Well, that’s good!

My efforts to encourage you to share your passion for classical music are not in vain!

Seriously, the encouragement I received through emails and conversations was wonderful, and inspired me to keep going. But there was one thing that bothered me a little bit…

Readers of my letters acknowledge that they have a passion for classical music.

They acknowledge that, at times, it gets pushed aside in favor of other life priorities.

They acknowledge that they wish there was more of it – both traditional and [tasteful] new.

But only a handful of our fandom seem to acknowledge that it is our own responsibility to share it with others – that we should not just be consumers, but sharers, too.

It seems we are a little nervous about talking to non-fans of classical music (I know I was for many years). We’re frightened that we don’t know what to say to them, or how they might respond. We are passionate about the details we do know and find it easier to talk to others who already understand us and our language (nothing wrong with that – it’s why it’s called a ‘comfort zone’). We pre-determine that a non-fan is not interested in our passion.

And those are problems.

But they are all smoke-screens that are actually very easily dissipated.

Think on this:

By keeping the conversation only deep and detailed with other fans of classical music, we simply cater to each other and end up performing for each other. And that one day when you can’t participate in a concert because of a prior commitment, there is no-one else to take your seat. Concert halls and stages become emptier. Cries of “classical music is dying” resurge.

Maintaining a balance of conversations with fans and practitioners like yourself alongside conversations with non-fans is what brings classical music to life. That day you cannot participate in some local live music adventure? It’s okay because someone you spoke to [read: encouraged to sign up for my daily letters!] has their interest in classical music reinvigorated and now they are intrigued, if not refocused on one of the most fundamental forms of emotional communication. And they may participate in your stead.

Well done you!

So, thanks go to all our fellow fans of classical music who let me know how much these daily lesson letters mean to them, and bravo to those that jumped in with both feet and continued the conversation (be sure to repeat the exercise today).

Be brave.

Classical music is not a disease people shy away from.

Most people don’t know much about it, and like us and phantasmagoria or long-range spinors (perhaps!), it’s only a fear of embarrassment that keeps us from engaging in a conversation. Those openly generic and inviting conversations, even just a mention of a topic like… classical music… can cause the butterfly’s wings to flap sufficiently to boost a storm of passionate interest and follow-up. Maybe even a new participant (audience member or performer).

All because you continued the conversation.

(There is no accounting for Chaos Theory except just one truth: do nothing, and something else will take over.)

If you need something more than just today’s topic, or perhaps the folk you talk to already have questions about classical music, then a great place to start would be the questions I answered from my survey this year.

I created five videos called “What’s the Matter with Classical Music?” that include thought-provoking questions and answers you can use to bring good music to life, too.

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