Last Friday’s poll asking readers about which sort of non-classical music outlets the rely on for cultural inspiration provided some fun results. Just under 300 responses have come in and here’s where things are (since the time this article was published).
It’s fascinating to see the most common option was non-classical music events. At the same time, it is great to see that most of the options were more or less evenly distributed in popularity.
Among “other” replies, the most popular responses included Literature oriented events (book clubs, live poetry, readings, etc.) with just over 40 percent of those responses. The remaining items covered a wide field, but my personal favorite was “theme parks and drag performances.”
Makes me wonder if there are any theme parks that also feature drag performance shows.
Personally, I’ve found that filling my cultural tank with live orchestra and opera events is an increasingly challenging return on investment.
I’ve even been toying around with the idea of going on an orchestra and opera live event sabbatical for six to 12 months. Cultural burnout is a very real thing and there is a real joy in attending a cultural event where you don’t have an intimate knowledge of not only the art form, but every nook and cranny of how it operates.
I’m curious to know if anyone else has done something similar during their career.