Last night was spent with some musician friends of mine and might have involved too much alcohol.
But rather than just complain about my sad, sad, state, here's an interesting question: Why is there an aura of snobbishness surrounding classical music? We all know this exists, but my experience has been that it is completely at odds with reality.
In truth, many classical musicians have extremely "colorful", borderline hedonistic, personalities. And quite a bit of classical music itself expresses extreme and profound emotions: love, grief, heartbreak, triumph, etc.
I realize that a lot of classical music should be taken seriously, and has to be listened to closely. I just don't get why it's so often considered snobbish and highbrow, or so often discussed with a sort of saccharine tone.