The Internet makes it official: I'm not the only one.
As the newly christened 416th member of the "Looney Tunes introduced me to classical music" Facebook group, I take solace. Now I know there are others who, like me, were first exposed to the highbrow musical world through the (seemingly) lowbrow antics of the "wascally wabbit" and a bald, pronunciation-challenged hunter.
Unlike many a classically trained musician, I didn't grow up in a household exposed to the classics — unless one counts Neil Diamond in the same league as Wolfgang Mozart. Rather, Rossini, Strauss and Wagner first came to me in the hours spent watching "Looney Tunes" reruns on Nickelodeon throughout the 1990s.
These days — with most cartoon music not even requiring the talents of live musicians, much less full orchestras — it's comforting to know that the melodious merits of the legendary Warner Bros. cartoon series have not been lost in time.