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    First time ever being on a classical music forum!

    It feels kind of awkward being a consumer of classical music in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms state of Kentucky. The music stores have basically given up on selling it, so it's good that I use a $10 a month streaming service to build up my dream library while discovering new composers without any hassle. Better this way than being disappointed by brick n mortar stores. I've never had much occasion to talk about classical music with anyone. Just doesn't happen. Obviously the culture has shifted much more to what is brazen and cheap and superficial, in all things, but I feel it especially deeply here in KY, it seems to be the eye of the storm. There's a symphony orchestra here but they never play a straight classical show, so I don't want to go. You'd be lucky to get one symphony or concerto; if they play one it'll be padded out by at least as much pop tunes, show tunes etc.. I don't care if they appear in a tailcoat or a tanktop, what I would want to hear from them is the real deal, not the claptrap they do for ticket sales (as they even apologetically admit on their website).

    Well, upset aside a little about me: I'm in my late 20's and my taste has gradually going more toward classical from pop/rock, though I'll never leave that entirely. I don't count myself with those who see their taste as expertise in formalism, who debate the best possible performance/conductor of a symphony, who hear things mere mortals like I can't possibly discern. Nah, for me it's more about the moods and sublime feelings the music gives. I'm not elitist. The music needs to at least primarily speak to the heart, if it doesn't then I cannot say it's worth much for me.

    I don't have favorite composers, really, I go more by favorite individual pieces. If there's a composer whose works have most consistently connected with me, it's Alan Hovhaness (I'm so not elite, hehe). Thanks to the internet I've made recent discoveries like Lubomyr Melnyk and John Adams.

    On that note, not being elite and all, I also still have a place in my heart for Japanese videogame composer Nobuo Uematsu. His compositions have this amazing way of being immediately accessible, pictorial, cathartic, and above all memorable in this rare kind of way. There have been a couple of albums of full symphonic orchestras performing some of his best-known, e.g. Final Symphony, Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo (okay it's no Dvorak or Beethoven, but it'll do).

    The thrill of discovering that next illuminating symphony or little-known modern composer that's been elsewhere all my life, is powerful.

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    Welcome to TalkClassical, Mood Drifter. I started my exploration of classical music after you have, and I remember the thrill of discovering new wonderful music. There's an amazing amount of glorious music to hear and possibly eventually adore. I hope you enjoy the forum.

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    Hello Mood Drifter, a very warm welcome to Talk Classical, have e great time amongst us all.
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    Welcome to TC, Mood Drifter. Great backstory! Have a good time and post when you want.

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    Hi there and welcome to TC. Think you will love on here and learn lots. I regard everyone as my TC friends and looking forward to your posts

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    Welcome! It's great to have members with the eloquence you displayed in your first post and who know what they like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mood Drifter View Post

    The thrill of discovering that next illuminating symphony or little-known modern composer that's been elsewhere all my life, is powerful.
    Well said. That feeling never goes away.

    If you look out your back door, maybe you can see me down in Tennessee waving. If you ever want to head down our way, we have a pretty active classical scene down here with the Nashville Symphony (they play the classics and mix in new things) and the ALIAS Ensemble and the new one the former female assistant conductor of the symphony started (brain freeze; I can't think of her name). The Downtown Presbyterian Church even had a sonic installation from John Luther Adams. And McKay's Used Books has tons of used classical CDs that they sell cheap, some dirt cheap (I got Carmignola's Vivaldi concertos for 99 cents).

    But if you can't make it down, I look forward to hearing from you around here.
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