“What we set out to prove is what the music industry failed to learn. Give people what they want when they want it and at a good price and they won’t steal it.” -- Kevin Spacey
Friday, April 26, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Still reading my way fitfully through Ian Rankin-- one every couple of years, now on "Black and Blue" -- I came across an interesting note about the original first choice to play Rebus on telly. Vetoed by the suits because he wasn't famous enough. Anyone who's been watching "Top of the Lake" will have an inkling of what might have been.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
An episode called “The Popular Age” was a welcome development in Howard Goodall’s vast yet neat Story of Music (BBC Two), but he was uncharacteristically mealy mouthed when he allowed himself to suggest that atonal music was “a jagged and discordant reflection of a changing world.”
The world was changing just as fast in Beethoven’s time but he wrote melodies. Some of them were difficult but they all appealed to the alert ear eventually, whereas the plunks and bloops of late Schoenberg still appeal to nobody except musicologists.