Yeah. Well. Does anyone lift to classical music? If so, what?
Whatever my son is practicing upstairs on the piano or violin
But if it were convenient, perhaps Philip Glass or Steve Reich
Would your son be willing to bring his violin and come over sometime?
Those are both interesting suggestions.
Having my son drop by Papua New Guinea some day to play is not as far-fetched as we might think. His mother just got back from a medical missions trip to Zambia, and we are planning a family overseas Habitat trip as soon as both younger ones hit the age limit. He will be going overseas with the Youth Group in their normal cycle, and he is never without an instrument. Once he's a bit older, if i tell him there's a doctor in PNG who'd love to hear a performance, who knows? I once turned a corner in Cuzco Peru and bumped into somebody I knew from NYC, stranger things have happened.
As for classical in general, almost everything I know I've learned since my two younger took up violin, and since that time I've come to two conclusions. First, classical is far better when heard live, and second, classical is far more involving and hence does not function well as background music.
Consider that modern music is at least as much about engineering as instrumentation. If the engineering is bad the recording and live performance are horrible. Most modern music sounds better on the radio or a nice stereo than it does live.
But classical, ah, what a strange thing. Last year my son went to a music camp and I heard my first ever full symphony orchestra perform a nearly complete symphony (they left out one movement for time's sake). It was utterly captivating, i was mesmerized from the first note to the last. It was, bar none, the most absorbing and wonderful performance I'd ever heard - and these were 14-18 year olds. That was when I really realized that classical music is far superior when heard live -- but it also commands your full attention the way modern music does not. No equipment we have can capture and reproduce that sound. I'm not sure I'd want to play that performance in the gym as background music -- knowing what it really is supposed to sound like.