How to Listen to Classical Music: Beginner’s Manual

by richibi

How to Listen to Classical Music: Beginner’s Manual    
                                     (after Pamela Spiro Wagner
            First, forget everything you have learned,
            that Classical Music is difficult,
            that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you,
            with your high school equivalency diploma,
            your steel-tipped boots,
            or your white-collar misunderstandings.    
            Do not assume meanings hidden from you:
            the best Classical Music means what it says and says it.
            To listen to Classical Music requires only courage
            enough to leap from the edge
            and trust.
            Treat Classical Music like dirt,
            humus rich and heavy from the garden.
            Later it will become the fat tomatoes
            and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table.
            Classical Music demands surrender,
            language saying what is true,
            doing holy things to the ordinary.

            Listen to just one Classical work a day.

            Someday an irresistible composition may open in your heart
            like a daffodil offering its cup
            to the sun.
            When you can identify the Mozart fantasia 
            among the four of his sonatas I’ve included here in this gentle message,
            close this manual.
            You are now hearing 
            as opposed to listening to Classical Music