Free The Music

Plato said;

“The introduction of novel fashions in music is a thing to beware of as endangering the whole fabric of society, whose most important conventions are unsettled by any revolutions in that quarter.” 

Well, the guy could have been a record exec. What about a society whose conventions need a little unsettling? I think Plato inadvertently voiced music’s main function. I’m glad I looked up this quote, actually because I hadn’t quite put my finger on it. Music is communication and so you must free the music. It’s interesting that, for so long, people have had different notions of what music and art really are. Many regard it as a pastime; an entertainment, which is well and good because it is certainly that...

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Misunderstanding Lyrics In Popular Songs

Being a songwriter I can’t help but notice lyrics in popular songs I hear so, when people misunderstand lyrics or (just as often) I am misunderstanding lyrics, I find it very funny. I mean, here’s a song that you like and listen to all the time but you are misunderstanding lyrics and that seems to change the song considerably, at least to me. For example this song they play on the radio all the time now where this guy is singing ‘don’t call me daughter.’ That just can’t be right. If those are the lyrics, he needn’t worry on that account. In the first place I don’t have a daughter and, if I did, she wouldn’t be a dude so he doesn’t have to worry about me calling him daughter.

Then there’s that Yes song where the backup vocalists sound like they are singing ‘toast on a stick...

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