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#beginquote# I agree with Pete about exposure. It is very important at an early age, even while still in the womb. Kids who grow up listening to rap, rock, country etc., and have no exposure to classical music, will probably not even know it exists. I grew up with classical music, as my mother was a concert percussionist, and have embraced it ever since I can remember. I do however like many other types of music as well. I have tried to pass this love on to my three boys, but only time will tell. As suzyq put it, prices are quite high, especially in the larger cities, but the same holds true for other types of music. I have seen sold out classical concerts in my area, as well as rock, rap or country, and I have been to shows that barely cover the expenses. I know one thing for sure, the drastic changes in our society in general weigh heavily in this problem. When a society's values and moral fabric deteriorate, then entertainment becomes tasteless drivel. The amount of anger many people harbor is evidenced in music, cinema, television, and many facets of everyday life. This stems from an alarming exodus from religion and belief in God. Our world has become far to secular and self absorbed, with the gold standard replacing the "Golden Rule" As long as the "Moral Majority" remains held in check by liberal extremists, the problem will only escalate. We must find a way to groom our children for change. This can be accomplished by loving parents who can foster respect for life, and do everything possible to keep their children from becoming immune to the social evils which are ever increasing. I work in our local school district, and I see the evidence first hand. Many students have absolutely no respect for people or property, so how can they possibly appreciate culture. I hope and pray that this alarming trend makes a u-turn soon. I am cautiously hopeful that this will happen in my lifetime. I am a fragment of my imagination #endquote#
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