Friday, December 29, 2006

I wish I could be surprised...

Alex Ross laments the snub of classical music (and the scene) by Entertainment Weekly. Here is, to my mind, the center of gravity for the piece:

If market share is the sole consideration, it's worth noting that Lorraine's Neruda Songs CD is currently #71 on the overall Amazon music chart, beating out the Happy Feet soundtrack and Akon's Konvicted. The crazy news these days is that classical music is regaining popularity, and it's time for mainstream publications such as EW, Time, and Newsweek — not to mention the TV networks — to pay heed.

I agree, but until the middle-class 18-35 set starts embracing classical music, with all their precious disposable income, one should expect to see vapid praise of the latest Hollywood "film" or the latest Dolce & Gabbana fashions. When the Blessed Demographic would rather spend $30 on Mahler or Ligeti, not on H&M or Express, you'll see the media follow. It's like Hal Holbrook, as "Deep Throat" (well, Mark Felt, hindsight being what it is) says in the filmed version of All the President's Men, "Follow the money." Until then, expect their silence and their stupidity.

Mr. Ross titles his piece, "Here we are now, entertain us." Nirvana was before my time (substantially so: Nevermind was released in 1991), but perhaps EW could have titled their spread, "I feel stupid and contagious."


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