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Sometimes I think too much

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Today, I got to thinking about the arts, literature and snobbery.

There was a question about war films and I recommended a couple from a long, long time ago. 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and 'Paths of Glory'.

Then there was a question about 'music that moves you' and I chipped in with some Keith Jarrett, Bach and Elgar.

In these days of instant gratification these seem, possibly, arty farty. For the son of a dairy roundsman (milkman) raised in council houses and as a product of the state schooling system this is rather funny.

Is appreciation of these things, somehow 'above' people because it takes a little effort and does not plug directly into the cortex as is the Hollywood way?

Example: In years gone by I wouldn't have given the music of John Denver a second thought - sort of a muso-snob myself. Now I try to learn to read and play music and realise that 'Annie's Song' is a stunningly simple and therefore hard to write, piece of music.

It's a strange world.

Tomorrow, why Super Trooper is a really, really cleverly written piece of music.

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  1. moth's Avatar
    If sir is going to nominate an ABBA song, then there is one that stands head and shoulders above all others

    Dancing Queen. Musical genius, listen to it, everything's in there - glissandos, diminuendoes, changing tempi, the kitchen sink...
  2. Kyot's Avatar
    Then there was a question about 'music that moves you' and I chipped in with some Keith Jarrett, Bach and Elgar.
    and yet picked The Who here.
    The point being that yesterdays instant gratification can be todays classics... if they survive (is that a tautology?)

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