Jan. 6th, 2009

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Jan. 6th, 2009 09:03 am
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Moral Mathematics

Though I think it's very pretentious to believe the implied notion that people SHOULD have given a shit, just because of who this fellow was (or how much his instrument cost), this is an interesting topic to me.

However, how is this any different from the time when my father, an accomplished musician in his own right, first heard Nirvana, and muttered something along the lines of "absolutely talentless jerks"? Who was right? Was anyone?

There's no universally-accepted scale (pardon the pun) for gauging music and musicians. Everyone's aware of the stereotype of the artist whose paintings don't sell for any sort of money until well after they die and are 'discovered' by someone with such money.

The human mind is very good at shortcuts. Recognizing shapes, patterns, faces, tunes, memories, even abstract notions such as right and wrong or good and bad. The people on the subway didn't go to the subway to be enthralled by a violin performance, so they mostly tuned it out. Putting myself in the listening traveler's shoes, I could see myself considering missing my train for the next one...but spending an extra 20-30 minutes in a subway station if I don't have to(despite the mood music)? I dunno.

There's no accounting for taste. Bonus latin proverb version : De gustibus non est disputandum. Personal preferences are NOT debatable. Despite our gloriously lazy brains taking shortcuts as often as possible, we are diverse. We do form opinions and stick to them. This is ALSO a shortcut. We also form opinions and throw them away as it suits us. So what am I trying to say?

I guess what I mean is that the 'social experiment' in the link had totally expected results, and I don't see anything wrong with that. The vague suggestion that you should stop and smell the flowers is bullshit. Enjoy your art, and your friends will...that's really all I know. Other people might enjoy it, too. Blah blah, I'm rambling.

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