A Poem by JimSlaughter

Author: JimSlaughter
Created: February 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: General/Other | Music | Humor
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A Musical Matter of Taste  

I freely admit I love classical music,
And please don't think me a snob
If I keep my composure
When I mention composers
As Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Schumann,
And not Ludie, or Wolfie,
Or Petie, or Bob.

And a symphony simply cannot be enjoyed
At just any old time of the day.
I can't listen to them
Prior to seven p.m.,
And I don't mean to brag, but I couldn't be dragged
To a Wednesday or Saturday matinee
Of a ballet by Bizet or Massenet.

My taste in classical music, you see,
Is eclectic, but not meant to shock.
I choose Strauss for the schmaltz
Of a polka or waltz,
And Chopin is my dude when I crave an etude,
But I do tend to doze in my seat in the loge
Through an opera by Wagner,
Or more Offenbach.

© JimSlaughter - all rights reserved

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May 26, 2017
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I must admit that I like any music from the 1920s-1940s, which says much about me! In fact, I love any books or TV series or films written (or set or both) in those times. I am a big Agatha Christie Fan. If I was a super heroine, I think I would be Retro-Girl!!

Best wishes, Anna x


Thank you, Anna. I went through an Agatha Christie phase, myself. I love your idea for a rather different connotation of "Retro-Girl". No rockets for you, I take it?

 JimSlaughter replied on May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017
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You have certainly hit the right note with me, my friend (pardon the pun)! My family is full of Classical Music buffs. My Dad listens to Classic FM to help him get to sleep. My late Mum was always playing records - her taste ran mainly to opera and ballet. (But she also loved jazz and country and western - very eclectic mix, her collection.) I have always loved Mozart, Bach, and Handel, and cannot work at home without a CD on! But I also listen to swing-dance, like Matt (MySongStar). In one year I went to 9 concerts (with friends or My Beloved)! Last year we managed to get the last two Caro Emerald tickets at a local concert venue. Talk about luck, as she is my favourite singer!

Bravo, Jim! Take a bow in the spotlight

Well, Alex, it seems you do have music in your soul. Lucky you to have parents who loved music. And you're continuing the tradition. Thanks for the SL and the claps.

 JimSlaughter replied on May 26, 2017

It's called 'Soul Music'! ' Which happens to be the title of an odd Discworld novel by my fave author, the late Sir Terry Pratchett. Mind you, all that series is quirky, which is why I love it! 

You are very welcome, my friend.
Namaste, Alex.

 ALEXJLOCKWOOD replied on May 27, 2017

May 25, 2017
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I prefer R & B and swing-dance. But, as you say, music is a matter of taste.

It is a matter of taste, MySongStar, and that taste can often change as time goes by. Mine did. I grew up knowing all the lyrics to all the popular songs on the radio. That evolved to theater music and eventually classical. And, yes, I like some of  the others, too. As I said in the piece...I'm no musical snob.

 JimSlaughter replied on May 26, 2017

Indeed it can, my friend. Though in the main my tastes were shaped by my parents, rather than those of my friends. My Dad says: ''you can beat a good piece of Glenn Miller". I think he meant ''by'', and it's all good, in my view. I have never been one for musicals, though my sister is. 

 MySongStar replied on May 27, 2017

May 24, 2017
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I prefer Jazz
Witty work! The after 7 line has me smiling. I concur. Delightful piece, but Bob, (Dylan) is right up there with Bach in my book and I like Coltrane after 7 pm. The last stanza is a riot. You are a composer of composers! You've got the beat!

Thank you, Nancy. And you can keep Dylan...please...

 JimSlaughter replied on May 24, 2017

March 20, 2017
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Jim I enjoyed your musical romp through the classical. I am a lover of classical too, I really like Vavaldi's, Four Season Concerto~

Constance, thanks for "romping" with me. Yeah, Vivaldi's one of my favorites, too.

 JimSlaughter replied on March 22, 2017

February 25, 2017
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My taste runs toward Gabrielli, Vivaldi and the other Italian masters, but Screamin' Jay Hawkins comes in a close second.

Thank you, John. My all-time favorite classical period is the Baroque, and Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" gets a regular workout at my house.

 JimSlaughter replied on February 26, 2017

February 25, 2017
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very good!
i love how you can describe your music tastes in music through a peom. i dont think i could do it. very well done.

Thank you. I didn't know I could either...until I tried it.

 JimSlaughter replied on February 26, 2017

February 25, 2017
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Yeah . . .
I like the first there (don't ask me to name and of their tunes). I also like Carl Perkins, George Jones, Brenda Lee, etc. I like showtunes . . . Eh . . . I love all kinds of music, except rap . . . Spotlight!


 RamSlade replied on February 25, 2017

Thank you, Jerry, and I'm with you on "rap". In fact, I consider "rap music" to be a bit of an oxymoron. Even though I grew up with country/western music, I never "cottoned" to it the way I did to pop, and show tunes...and classical.

 JimSlaughter replied on February 26, 2017

February 25, 2017
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I own and listen to a lot of music, but don't really own a lot of the classical variety. Having said that - I've always thought it had a certain brilliance to it, and its almost more an art than merely music. Perhaps I'll invest in an album or three - and as you say, try to listen to them at a time they can be appreciated, because that's important with music in many ways. I really like this piece. Spotlight.

Thank you, Silverblue. The thing that makes classical music "classic" is it stands the test of time. Many people mistakenly consider it to be "highbrow", but in its day it was "popular", too, and all the craze. Where will "rap" be a hundred years from now?

 JimSlaughter replied on February 26, 2017

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