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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000431.txt from 2001/07

From: Frank Garcia <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Another musician honoured!
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 19:23:30 -0400

The thing that I don't like or appreciate about a discourse such as this
one is that I believe it is up to individuals to decide for themselves what
quality is. Artistry can be heard in all music (well perhaps not *all*
music- Babbitt comes to mind ;) ) depending on the listener's perceptions,
influences, life experiences, etc. I know people who would roll their eyes
at Barber's Adagio for Strings but would shed a tear to Heaven by Eric
Clapton (a non-musician as someone wrote earlier). The rolled eyes is
attributable to a lack of understanding or appreciation, much like the
erroneous title bestowed upon Clapton.

I like Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Tears for Fears, Stevie Wonder (the 20th
century's greatest musician IMNSHO), Thomas Dolby, the Gipsy Kings, etc.
just as much as I like Brahms, Barber, Ravel, Berg, etc. These are personal
choices I make about music that "speaks to" or appeals to me. Bach has
never interested me all that much, although I do appreciate and admire his
work. But these are *my* opinions, *my* musical tastes. If anyone tries to
tell me that I am a imbecile about music for that, that's *your* problem,
not mine. But, I betcha I can play better than most of you! Oh yeah, that's
subjective too.

--On Sun, Jul 15, 2001 3:49 PM -0600 Anne Lenoir <>

> Frank, What is narrow-minded about remarking about the difference
> between commercial success and artistic success? When many of us think
> about the "fifties" we don't necessarily think about Buddy Holly, Elvis
> and Little Richard. I prefer to think of Chet Baker, Charlie Parker
> (though he died in 1955), the wonderful bebop vocals of Lambert,
> Hendricks (Jon, who went on to be the vocal arranger of Manhattan
> Transfer) and Ross, and the clarinet stylings of Artie Shaw. (I didn't
> follow Buddy DeFranco at the time). I don't think it's closed minded at
> all to have personal musical standards. I have earned the right to have
> them. As many times as I have sung Patsy Cline tunes by request (I know
> 8) I see nothing wrong with preferring Ella or Sarah. My Tammy Wynette
> is something to behold, especially the clarinet solo in the middle. I
> wish I was good enough to play with all good jazz players all the time.
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