For the first time, I feel like this site that I subbed to as a lark off (based on a link from Daring Fireball) has paid off. The short history of house music gave me some leads that I need to follow up on. (Was big into .mods back in the day...)
I get real tired of "real" and "favorite" things--except perhaps as a matter of personal commitment (I have a favorite person, my wife; I have favored forms of writing; etc.).
Language itself--in both its visual and especially, obviously, aural forms--is or at least can be music.
There's music in nature and in the undercurrents of the post-industrial world we live in. There was a belief more common in past generations that the very fabric of the universe was held together by a sort of celestial symphony. I believe this. It's just a matter of "hearing." Tolkien does a wonderful job of articulating this in the cosmogony of Silmarillion.
As far as what people explicitly call music, I like at least instances of most forms of it and have some difficulty saying that any of it is categorically not "real." Autotuned pop shit comes closest. I wouldn't say that that shit isn't real though; it's just bad.
@joelmw@lisaviolet As for it being a "legit" comeback - Funny, I pretty much thought that the Dude said this as the "I'm a pacifist and although I know you're full of shit, I'm not going to fight about it - I leave you to think the thoughts you think and believe those thoughts, no matter how fucking ridiculous they may be".
@lisaviolet Part of what I love is looking back and remembering that folks (even I, to some degree, to be honest) thought some of this stuff was so badass once upon a time. It's looks just cute now. Cute in a diminutive way.
There is no "Real or Fake" (unless you're talkin' to the jury that took Pharrel n' Thicke's millions away), just good and bad. I consider Barney the Purple Dinosaur's songs baaad. My 3 year old considers "Gates of Delerium" by Yes baaader. Neither of us can deal with Neil Diamond...
@lisaviolet@CMichaelC I remember liking Neil. And I don't totally hate his stuff now, but it just seems so . . . quaint. And not great. Sigh. I think the memory is better than the reality.
This lip synch/cover (that I just found, never saw the movie it's from) somehow says what needs to be said about what's simultaneously compelling and ridiculous about it all. Brother Love might just be my favorite Diamond track too, for a variety of reasons.