Popular Music is a form of melody which expresses a puerile state of culture, the passion and thought of people without any breadth or horizon. There is a sort of self satisfied folly about every phrase of such melody; no cries of deep, mysterious passion, no conflict, no sense of the universal. It makes men small as they listen to it.
George Eliot "Domiel Deronda"
"There is nothing like (social) dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies."
"Certainly and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. Every savage can dance."
Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"