Today’s article concerns a gentleman’s choice in music. A man is defined by the music he enjoys therefore he must choose his music carefully.
First of all, what you use to play your music. Is a hi-fi from Retravision going to fit in when put between your humidor and banker’s lamp? Does the cheap plastic exterior match your Chesterfield? Of course it does not. A gentleman, then, must match his musical vehicle with his polished mahogany and leather decor.
The answer is, of course, the gramophone. In lieu of this, a more modern turntable may suffice.
Now that you have your musical apparatus, it is time to choose some appropriate music. Of course, compact discs and “MP3s” cannot be catered for by the noble gramophone. Vinyl is now the only option. In terms of genre, there are two important questions to ask yourself when selecting music:
- Is it jazz? (jazz includes swing, latin jazz, bebop et al)
- Is it classical? (preferably post-baroque)
If the answer to both of these questions is ‘no’, you are looking at the wrong genre.
Now that you have your gramophone and vinyls, you can relax, light a cigar, loosen your tie and listen to the soft crackle of gentlemanly music.
And finally we address the issue of playing music. A gentleman should be able to display virtuosity on at least one instrument. Preferably four or five. This can come in handy in many situations – be it wooing that young lady at the soiree, or getting yourself out a jam when Professor Moriarty attempts to engage you in mortal combat atop the Reichenbach Falls.
And with that, we wish you happy listening.
Until next time,