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Also known as Melodius Thunk:
Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
Your comments about Les resonate with my experience. I remember having a conversation with a pianist about 15 years ago, drunkenly discussing musicians, when he came out with the statement that Les Dawson had to be a severely talented pianist, to be able to play things wrong enough to set your nerves on end, but still be recognisable as the tune they were failing to be.
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
well it beats elephant gerald!
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
Monk also used lots of seconds, ninths and other intervals that were "forbidden" by the rules of classical harmony.
I find it interesting that the biggest development of the past 30 or so years has been a transition to rhythm as the primary musical language rather than melody. In the classical world this began with Terry Reilly, Steve Reich, Glass, etc. In the pop world it has mostly been seen in the rise of rap and its spinoffs which is really a form of rhythmic declamation (like Greek theater).
Modern crossover groups (at least in the NYC area) seem to focus on short phrases which get repeated using changes of rhythm or meter.
I heard a traditional lieder recital yesterday on the radio and I can't imagine the younger generation sitting still for such an abstract form of music these days.
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