Upon hearing that I'm a classical violinist, one of the comments I frequently get is 'I love classical music, it's so relaxing.' Although I know this is intended as a compliment, and I usually accept it in that vein, it still leaves me feeling uneasy. For me,the 'relaxing' connotation conjures up images of Elevator music,or something that would just put you to sleep.I sometimes wish I could wave a magic wand, transport one of these people into the middle of a fiery, passionate piece,played by a terrific orchestra, and ask them if they find it relaxing enough. I know I shouldn't complain, because classical music needs all the advocates it can get, especially in America, but still. Thoughts?
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