Come over to the dark side. We have music.
A Plethora of Pop challenge
The original challenge:
Is self-definition possible?
Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
“You cannot define the truth of yourself within a given system while you’re in that system” (my feeble extrapolation of Tarski’s…
As we head relentlessly towards February 15 (Valentine Candy Half-Price Day), let’s remember the other side of the coin — good old fashioned hatred. As Ray Davies sang, “It’s the only thing that lasts forever.”
I hope they can help you as well. (Rock n’ Heavy Ten Album Challenge)
2021 was rough — not the deliverance from 2016–2020 that I had hoped for. Everywhere I looked, I saw crazy people.
So I’m compiling a menu of musical comfort foods to get through this new year…
In terms of popular music, I’m always at least a year or two behind. I’ve been burned by bad music that was trendy at the time, so I tend to wait until something has garnered so much credible praise that it seems worth checking out (e.g. Billie Eilish’s debut).
The only genre of music I know of that’s more self-reflexive than country western is rap. But even then (according to my limited experience), rap musicians tend to refer to other rappers rather than per se to the music that they’re creating.
Most historians consider the 78 rpm made in 1922 by fiddler A. C. (Eck) Robertson (one side by himself and the other a duet with fellow fiddler Henry Gilliland) as the first recorded country music. …