February 28th, 2011

flavplayingbw

thinking allowed?

I hadn't heard the 'Today' programme for a while. Caught it on time just now to hear a very tedious conversation about whether 'rock' (whatever that might mean these days) artists should be 'allowed' to make music that was less immediately accessible -less immediately catchy or easy to listen, if you like. Allowed? If an artist produces a piece of work that is difficult at first and manages to find people to produce it and release it, it is up to you whether you buy it or not. 'Allowed' doesn't seem to me to go into it. We all have different tastes and some of the music I like (and some of the music I would like to make) is bound to be excruciatingly boring to you -but that is also true, in all probability, the other way round. Nothing wrong either way.  One of the jobs of the artist can be -I'm not sure it should  be in all cases, though- to push ahead a little bit.

The main thing I picked up out of this is that I'm not that interested in listening to the Today programme any more...