So, you worked it outMadera wrote:I did.
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No, we should all be so liberal. The question is about class and politics, intellectualism and anti-intellectualism, the right to be bigoted against "rednecks." It would be good if we could stop being bigoted against the guns-and-religion crowd. Maybe if we challenge wrongheaded ideas, not people? Country music is fine.Harbal wrote:Can country music ever be justified and, if so, under what circumstances? Most of us would find the world a much poorer place without music. Think of the void we would create if we removed Beethoven, Bach, Miles Davis, Gershwin, The Beatles, The Osmonds (?) and so on and so on, from our cultural landscape. We probably never even thing what life would be like without our own particular music, for, like love, friendship and all the things that are fundamental to our spiritual wellbeing, we take it for granted that it will just be there. Now, just imagine, that this pleasure we, so called, normal people get from the aforementioned sources could only be accessible to you by listening to country music. Would it be right to deny these unfortunates something that we, ourselves, would find so hard to live without? I don't think it would. No matter how distasteful it might be to us, should we impose our prejudices on others who, through no fault of their own, don't know any better? Obviously, there have to be checks and safeguards to prevent the general public from unwittingly being exposed to this music but that could be achieved, given the will. I realise there is a strong counter argument to my view on this subject and I haven't even attempted to address the Jim Reeves question but that's a whole topic on it's own. What do you think, am I being too liberal?
Mmm, hide the kids.Alec Smart wrote:Steady on, there may be children reading this.3uGH7D4MLj wrote: Country music is fine.
I'd argue that what you take to be "intrinsic beauty" in the music is really bad taste in the listener.Ambauer wrote: I'd argue that there is intrinsic beauty in country music.
Country music does vary in quality. It can be just plain bad or, at the other end of the scale, it can be absolutely terrible.Belinda wrote:Maybe country music varies in quality and I have heard only the more banal sort.