Friday, February 8, 2008

Lowbrow Guilty Pleasures

In light of my recent posts about the New York Times's Bernard Holland encouraging audiences to lighten up while admonishing musicians to tighten up, and about the Wall Street Journal's piece on lowbrow subsidizing highbrow, I got a real kick out of reading this morning's Times oleo charting their music critics' guilty pleasures. Anthony Tomassini declares his fondness for slumming with Leroy Anderson--anyone who is familiar with his music is sure to agree how much fun it is to listen to, and how much of a virtuoso he was.

But, boy, on the Letters to the Editor page, Holland takes a beating for beating up on musicians showing any hint of emotion when performing.

To quote Ricky Gervais on "Extras": "Are you havin' a laugh?"

Until next time...


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