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Re: Music Scene
At 6:13 PM +0200 4/19/06, Per Boysen wrote:
>since I was never a fan of Marvin Gaye ;-)
That, sir, is a terrible deficiency :^)
Get hold of a tape of the TAMI/TNT show and see if he isn't the
sexiest thing alive.
>I just have this feeling that we may not always discuss the same
>thing when talking about "art" and "looping". Why are we not talking
>about "showmanship" and "entertainment" that much? I think those
>were the dimensions of Lidells show that made me like it even though
>I wasn't very keen on "the content".
I play a lot of music festivals - in the area of the musical map
where "Americana," "Bluegrass," and "Jamband" coincide - and I get to
see a lot of different kinds of music and musicianship. An awful lot
of the most crowd-pleasing music is all about flashy technique,
superhuman speed, etc. And there's also a disturbing (to me) amount
of music that is utterly impoverished in terms of songwriting,
melody, storytelling, and other attributes that I value most highly.
The vast majority of the hippie jamband music I'm exposed to bores me
to tears, and makes me think I'm not taking the "right" drugs to
appreciate it. It comes across to me as mindless riffing.
But hey, these things are beyond my reach: I am not likely to deliver
mindblowing cascades of 256th notes, nor 20-minute psychedelic
excursions into inner space.
I take care not to lose myself in resentment of those who are
profiting from what I see as a decline in the esthetics of American
popular culture. I'm smart enough to know they were saying pretty
much the same thing about the music I was devoted to when I was a kid.
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