Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day: The Music Needs You


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I don’t believe that ClearChannel and Auto-Tune will win the day. They won’t if we don’t let them. So we must not let them. All the videos and branding and corporate whoredom in the world can’t replace the feeling I get when I listen to the soaring reprise of the main theme in the second part (technically parts vi-ix) of “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” on Wish You Were Here. Side B, Track 2, 4 minutes, 43 seconds, if you’re interested. Or Guns ‘n Roses “Cold November Rain,” right at 7:09? How about when the bass line starts going all crazy and exploratory on the end of “Unknown Soldier” (2:34)? That is gold. All of it. And I am not going to let ClearChannel, or the MTV-cool-kid-of-the-week, nor any man, woman, or robot overlord take that away from me. So join me. It’s an easy movement: all you have to do is not let the tide of facile, soundalike “music” roll you under. Even if you’ve let go of everything else in the face of the screaming demands and peer pressure of this pop cultural-centered society, even if you’ve caved at every turn and have a 60″ television which you watch in your jeggings, hold on to this one thing — your music, and the way it makes you feel.

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4 Responses to “Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day: The Music Needs You”

  1. Hawkins Dale Says:

    I agree.

    Better yet: make your own music. The Man *hates it* when we produce our own culture, as opposed to consuming his.

  2. Dairyfarmer Says:

    I’m to intentionally and somewhat ironically post a quote from an unammed pop-culture icon to make my point, “I hate to break it to you but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.”

  3. arangodan Says:

    Have you read Norman Spinrad’s Little Heroes? Big Music manufactured sounds aren’t rock ‘n roll. Real rockers turn the artificial soul against its makers in order to liberate the masses from pop pablum.

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