Posts tagged "maria callas"

The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)

The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)
(For those of you who haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you do so before continuing!)  Rarely has a blog I’ve written kicked up as much ruckus as my condemnation of modern “commercial” music and those who feed upon it. My blog was even “critiqued” by the “renowned” Issy Beech, of the illustrious noisey.vice.com. (For... Read more »

"Why be common when you can be divine?": Remaining fabulous in a crowd of vanilla pudding

"Why be common when you can be divine?": Remaining fabulous in a crowd of vanilla pudding
As we devolve into an age where appearance is everything and to stay with the herd is marshall law, we’ve frankly lost the not only the plot but the entire storyboard concept.  Personalities are being traded for iPads and antibiotic-free chicken and a sleek outward appearance often masks an underinformed sense of self. You need... Read more »

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit
I usually don’t like to be pedantic about these sort of things, but have you listened to the Top 40 stations on the radio lately? Gone are the strings of ELO, the innovative rhythm of Blondie, and the genius of The Beatles. Now we have the confused genre jumper Taylor Swift, the computer-generated talent of... Read more »
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Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation
My first exposure to opera, and classical music, was an English-language, truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the local high school in fourth grade, presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I sat, starry-eyed, as the forces of good and evil battled on the stage, locked in an eternal struggle with some of the... Read more »