But why start a new blog on music? Well, the best Aristotelian answer is "because you can." I know quite a bit and have opinions on lots of things and I think I can support those opinions in a reasonable manner. Oddly enough I don't read music blogs very often. Sometimes Jessica Duchen or Alex Ross, but even those I don't read regularly. They don't seem to have really captured the spirit of blogging as I see it. For one thing, they don't dig into issues very much, they don't put up a lot of posts and they are heavy on activities and light on thinking about those activities. The blogging world I am used to is very opinion-heavy. It is used to arguing over issues, digging them up, scrapping a bit. I really think the classical music world could use more of that. In the last post I expressed my annoyance with the way classical music is handled in the mainstream media: it is
- Ignored (year end summaries of music these days tend to skip classical music entirely
- Apologized for
- Strong opinions are forbidden lest someone be offended
I titled this "Music Blogging" not "Classical Music Blogging". Do you realize that "classical music" is what I believe is called a "back-formation"? For example, before the electric guitar was invented all guitars were non-electric. Once we had electric guitars non-electric ones had to be distinguished in some way so they became, retrospectively, "acoustic" guitars. Similarly, before popular music became so enormous economically, music was just music. But now we need a name for that music that is not popular. "Unpopular" seems to be a poor choice so we collectively went with "classical" though competing terms have been "serious" music or "art" music. This difficulty with terms reflects a deep intellectual problem I suspect. One I would like to delve into in future posts.