Music for Fun
ONE TROUBLE with music is that the people who know the most about it generally get very little fun out of it. On the other hand, those who honestly enjoy music, but admit they know nothing about it, often have their pleasure spoiled by an inferiority complex which is assiduously fed by those superior beings who, by training or talent or both, have achieved the rank of "artist" or "critic" or "scholar."
Plenty of books have been written for the ones who already know quite a lot about music, and perhaps too many for those who know something but are willing to be taught more. Comparatively little has been written for those who are frankly ignorant of the whole subject. They have been encouraged to say "It's all over my head" or, at best, "I don't know anything about music but I know what I like." They have been led to believe that the entire art is shrouded in mystery, which only the elect can penetrate, and that they will be satisfied with dumb reverence if they know their place.