Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
"Confidentially, this long-haired stuff is not for me. I don't really know a thing about music, and I can't carry a tune in a bushel basket." With this pessimistic statement, many of us close the door to a whole new world of enjoyment. It does seem confusing when we hear people conversing in longhandled terms about symphonies, sonatas, oratorios, writing styles, and the like. Immediately, we become frightened by their apparent knowledge of music. Don't be misled by that big talk, which may even be done just to impress you. Knowledge of those terms doesn't mean that they enjoy music any more than you do, or than you can ( if you have, at present, a musically uneventful life).With a little pluck, a few facts, and an ambition to widen life's interests, we can find a lasting companion in music, whether it be through performance or listening. Music is a universal language and there is something in it for everyone.
LaBrie, Marvel, "Meet Music" (1955). SDSU Extension Circulars. 687.