In another thread, forum member drasil commented on the lack of sales of classical music, particularly among a certain dempographic. I was wondering: is it OK to not like classical music? all of my life, we have been told multiple things about classical music, that only intelligent people listen to it, that only serious musicians and music lovers listen to it, that all modern music is based on it, among other unsavory things I won't get into here. It seems like almost everyone has to validate his or her musical tastes by mentioning some sort of fondness for classical music, as if to say that they are somehow more intelligent because they listen to it. hell, i've even done it! But, the overall popularity and sales of classical music, especially of the stuff made before, say, the 50s, is diminishing, and that is no accident, as the generation classical music is more culturally relevant to is dying off. And, younger generations, staring with the WWII baby-boomers, have other types of music they are interested in, such as jazz or blues. By the way, many of the same arguments for jazz and blues are similar to the ones for classical, and i'm starting to see hints of it with rock vs. hip-hop music as well. So, i'm wondering if it is a generational thing where the aging generation is trying to assert their cultural identity in a last gasp before it passes into history. At any rate, classical music just doesn't seem to hold any interest with many people today. They may not even like it, and will not hesitate to say so, even if a great portion of the music they like today has elements of it. We even had a recent thread on people not liking a musical genre that spawned the one they do like. So, anyway, i'm just wondering if it is OK to not like classical music and not be ashamed of it.