Post by William Sommerwerck Post by Andrys Basten Post by Ian Pace Post by William Sommerwerck
Not all rock is crap. But as Glen Gould remarked, he didn't
understand how people could like such simple music.
Those who think rock music is simple should try creating it.
I would suggest that those who think rock and other popular music _isn't_
simple should compare it with a Beethoven piano sonata, a Brahms piano
concerto, or a Mahler symphony.
A bit of a "if it isn't somewhat complex, then it must be simple" argument,
surely. And who cares one way or the other about complexity, if it bores the
pants off 99% of potential listeners. And who cares about complexity for the
sake of complexity? Does it make some people feel good to say they are
listening to so-called complex music?
The best Rock has enormous entertainment, and in quite a few cases, enormous
musical value of a visceral kind, with touch and finesse in some cases. A
Dire Straits concert I attended in Sydney, demonstrated perhaps the most
moving, and affecting touch I have heard from any musician. Yes, Mark
Knoppfler wasn't a Hendrix, and neither was he a Clapton, but his finesse at
times, has been rarely bettered by any other musician from any other musical
genre. Same with Paul Simon's lyrics. At least they challenge the listener
beyond the kindergarten stage.
As others have said, if it is that simple, then I am surprised why the
*speaking and talking Rock-hating geniuses* here, are not into their first
50 million. But then we all know why don't we. Sheer lack of go get - or
maybe total lack of any musical talent. Or maybe because they are blinkered
beyond any sort of redemption concerning musical value and artistry.
In short, they merely waffle to hear the sound of their own pathetic voices.