Is music important? Most would say no, compared with warmth, food and reciprocated emotion.
Since no one has satisfactorily defined the nature of music I think there’s a case to be made. Think of how a bugle playing The Last Post enhances the Remembrance ceremony. How music makes weddings less lugubrious.
(Parenthetical note. A hymn sung at the da Ponte wedding – held in church at the insistence of my atheistic mother-in-law – predicted a rather rocky future ride:
Be thou my guardian and my guide
And hear me when I call;
Let not my slippery footsteps slide
And hold me lest I fall.
Slippery footsteps, forsooth.
The American national anthem precedes major league baseball games. A music-less funeral would ignore latent inner feelings. Bands send soldiers off to war. “Walk on, walk on” at Liverpool. Unimportant?
NEWS (edited by LdP) FROM COOL KID The boyfriend of grand-daughter Ysabelle. Astonished me by revealing he read Works Well regularly. He too now has a job – Yeh! Here’s his pop list.
(The list was contracted to) songs I like and I feel are different from average music both in terms of style and subject. I'm pretty sure you won't like some of them (.. ANY of them…)
Scroobius Pip. Angles. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkvWOAJeZmM
The King Blues. Five bottles of shampoo. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaSMiuvs6uw&feature=related)
Missing Andy. Dave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOujMyOM0BY)
Noah and The Whale. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGUEelmzxo)
Mikill Pane. Summer in the City. (This guy will be popular very soon). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfHhGZQnjb4&feature=relmfu)
Bright Eyes. Love I don't have to love. (One of my favourite bands). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuXkhE0VMcw
Bo Burnham. Art is Dead. (Musical comedian). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo9pU1q8sy8)
Tim Minchin. White Wine in the Sun. (Musical comedian. Serious song which represents my feelings about Christmas quite well). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q)
Scroobius Pip vs Dan Le Sac. Letter from God. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KnGNOiFll4)
Ed Sheeran. Small Bump. (The most popular artist on this list; unusual musical subject).(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9S349Zmu5E)
Scroobius Pip: interesting artist; sings/raps about topics unusual for mainstream music. Also recommend his Magicians Assistant.
This has taken me about three hours to compile. Hope these songs provide some (proof) that not all young people listen to the same autotuned rubbish regularly in the charts.
I’ll do my best, Cool Kid. It may take some time. LdP.