Thursday, January 10, 2013


I know the love of music is subjective. But that doesn't excuse bad taste in music. Leonard Bernstein was known to say, "There are only 2 kinds of music - good music and not so good music." This was very generous of the Maestro. I would have to amend that for myself and state that, yes, there may be only 2 kinds of music BUT, for me, it is good music and BAD music. I am one who really likes all genres of music. A quick perusal of my Cd's, records, cassettes and downloads would convince you of my sincerity.  But, come on, lets all agree, some music is just bad and defies all subjectivity.  Popular music, especially today, is so problematic. So much of what we hear is not really the music but the performer. The singer has become the song. Therefore we are stuck with the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Maroon 5. Kanye West - the list is endless. Turn the coin over and we have Train, Bruno Mars, Adele and the list also goes on - perhaps a shorter list. The few survive, that is, the GOOD few. And hopefully they will survive and grow and deepen. Who will stay with us all their preforming lives - all our listening lives? Who will remain relevant even after they are gone? -  musicians like Sinatra, Ella, Streisand, Nat King Cole, The Beatles, The Stones, Garland, Holiday etc. You get my point. Who is on their way to leaving a permanent stamp?

I bring this all up because this evening I wasted 2 hours of my life watching The Peoples Choice Awards. I WILL NEVER WATCH THIS "SHOW" AGAIN! It was jam packed with bad jokes, bad music and lame celebs. Who nominates these people and WHO VOTES? I've never been handed a ballot and I am a people or so my passport says. The winners were such losers. Channing Tatum nominated in 2 acting categories!!


Let me leave you with a really good song from a time when pop music had room for great recordings that actually charted and no one was surprised at its status. A time when pop music was extraordinary when compared to today's popshit.


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