Is your "musical glass of life", half empty, or half full?

What do I mean exactly by this question? Come to think of it, not really sure. Maybe you can help me. It just popped into my head, and thought I would ask it, and see what happens. Let's see. I guess it is directed primarily at those of us who are members of the older generation. Relating to your younger years, when you first became enamored with classical(or other forms of) music, have your expectations then of fulfillment been realized? Or, not? Do you still seek a totally satisfying composition of whatever form; or do you feel you've found, discovered one or more? What choices if any did you make musically speaking, would you if you could, retract, and choose differently? Any at all? Choose a different instrument to master? Maybe striven to have made your mark in the concert hall, or conquer the operatic world? Or possibly, just simply content in your experiences with music; and happy now to go to your grave, grateful for the experience of having loved, and enjoyed this great art form? Alberich Good for you "rdenig_m..."; had not expected anything less from you - that's the ticket. Ah, "tucomena"; was pretty sure this question would lure you from out of your usual, reticent reserve; and would not be able to resist responding. The world sorely needs many, many more humans of your ilk, and dedication. Here's to you: congratulations, and thanks for being who and what you are. "Jack Herring": I don't know; I kind of enjoy harp music; but will have to probably agree with you - such would most likely become rather annoying after a bit. Accordians? Not one of my favorite instruments either. Dear "Del" - the tenor and philosophy of your response, is almost exactly as I would have predicted it to be. I would submit that you probably can not even begin to fathom the awe and reverence, great respect and value most on this forum entertain with regard to you and your postings - it's difficult to put into words, exactly what I'm trying to say - which is not often the case; I am aware that I tend toward the verbose sometimes. But trust you will get my intent. P.S. - Still think you ought to write a book, or two--------or three-------or--------------- "i.jones" Nothing wrong with being a news junkie, and a classical music lover too, at the same time; you've plenty of time to drink a cup full. When you get to be my age and it's not yet full, you then might have cause for concern. How you can work a full-time job, attend to familial duties, and still have time to post so profusely on this forum, is entirely beyond my comprehension: beyond belief, really. "Asliuf": "right on". Trust, or at least hope, that you're able to retain such an upbeat, joyous outlook throughout life. Much good luck to you. "hafwen": No need whatsoever to apologize for the length of your post. I enjoyed it immensely; and admire you even more for your extraordinary candor, insight, wisdom and strength of character. Few there are nowadays who are willing to forego $$$, for the sake of peace, contentment, and some measureable degree of happiness. "petr b": I envy you. My bleak outlook might be an adjunct to the evolution of my poor, and ever increasingly deteriorating health; but I much prefer looking back to our musical heritage, than witnessing that presented currently as "art"/"serious" music: I find it totally devoid of any soul and beauty. "del_icio..": I have to disagree with you - I've never seen anything you've posted that could remotely be considered as "garbage"(know you're just joking). Seriously, understood about paying the bills; but when you do retire? ------------------------------------------ Sorry, unable to respond to everyone's answers; but trust that you all know that I much appreciate them. Thanks much.

Asked By: Alberich - 6/4/2009
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Answered By: hafwen - 6/4/2009
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The final paragraph applies to me, I think (at nearly 67 years of age). However, there is still loads of music I still want to hear and every day I'm making new discoveries - for example, I'm only now beginning to explore Haydn's Piano trios.
Answered By: rdenig_male - 6/4/2009
What a beautiful question, Alberich! I don't know if I can be totally clear in English..I must say that I had many opportunites regarding music and that I took all to make the best of them. I went through formal studies for about 16 years, including two of piano virtuosity..and I continued taking courses, seminars... More
Answered By: tucomena - 6/4/2009
Good question Alberich... More
Answered By: Jack Herring - 6/4/2009
My musical glass is half empty - but I mean that in a very positive way. Why half-empty? Because I want to continue filling it up with more wonderful music I have yet to discover. Some of it I don't even know exists yet. Some of it has yet to be written and some of it yet to be discovered, hidden away in some dusty... More
Answered By: del_icious_manager - 6/4/2009
There is so much music I want to hear, there are dozens of CDs in my car (no mp3 player there, yet) and even that which comes out on our local classical stations would be good for commute hours, but I'm too much of a news junkie, that my car radio is tuned to AM 80% or more of the time. When I get home it seems I'm on... More
Answered By: i. jones - 6/4/2009
Being 17 and just beginning my life of music, I'm not the target audience for this question. Nevertheless, I think I'll answer. I see the glass as 1/100 full, meaning that I've seen so little and have so much more to learn, yet i could be contented for a lifetime with what i know already. Thanks for the thought... More
Answered By: Asliuf - 6/4/2009
The vessel seems to me to keep expanding, like the universe... More
Answered By: petr b - 6/4/2009
My glass is not even half full yet.... I am still experiencing music, and learning to appreciate it in all its forms. That said, I am very happy with my quarter full glass. It means I still have three-quarters to fill! Best, MissLimLam
Answered By: MissLimLam - 6/5/2009
Alberich, this is a lovely question and you have received many very thoughtful answers. I would like to humbly assert that my musical 'glass' is half-full. I have listened to and loved Classical music for 51 yrs now (since the age of 10). My mother was a music educator and taught me piano until I rebelled... More
Answered By: Julian of N. - 6/6/2009
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