|I have middlebrow tastes
||[Jul. 3rd, 2005|11:16 am]
There, I said it. As someone who grew up in a family who had Picasso prints on the wall, whose father was an orchestra conductor, there has always been the idea that High Art Is Important, and that We Are People Who Appreciate It.|
Unfortunately I can no longer live the dream. I fall asleep in classical music concerts. I read science fiction all the time, and have a hard time getting past the first page of any book of literary importance. And last night I watched "Chocolat" and thought it was wonderful. I watch TV cop shows like "NCIS" and "Medium" and LIKE THEM.
What does this mean, really? Dunno. I'm gonna go check an episode of "Little House On The Prairie" and I'll get back to you.
2005-07-03 11:33 am (UTC)
long live the low-brow
i'm low brow too. hooray!
but i wasn't raised not to be, only to occasionally appreciate the good stuff when i see it.
*going back to her terry pratchett book*
i like stuff across all spectrums of browness. i like classical music and i like dirty south hiphop. at the same time, preferably.
I think the middlebrow-ness of Chocolat comes from the plot not having big or difficult themes. But I loved the photography, loved the music, loved the acting, and if the story isn't huge or deep, the atmospherics were great.
And the soundtrack -- the Django Reinhardt, and Duke Ellington were lovely. In the scenes on the boat where Johnny Depp is playing solo guitar, it's really him playing. He probably shouldn't quit his day job but he's not half bad... and Juliette Binoche is one of my all time favorite actresses.
But you don't like Joshua Bell! Clearly you are not all middlebrow.
It's not that I don't like Joshua Bell -- I really have no opinion of him. I really get no emotional charge out of watching someone be a violin virtuoso. I've seen literally hundreds of violinists perform concertos, and only rarely was it more emotionally involving than the guy who used to spin plates on Ed Sullivan. Virtuosity doesn't correlate with musical excitement.
I was mostly kidding, but isn't entertaining but not edifying/enlightening/emotionally moving the essence of middlebrow? Of course, if you don't even find virtuosos entertaining, that's a different story.
ps. I fall asleep in classical music concerts all the time, sometimes when I'm in them. Also, I thought Chocolat was okay.
Virtuosity is one thing, using it in the service of truly significant music is another. There are a lot of concertos that do little more than say "HAY LOOK AT ME." The whole idea of pieces that require virtuoso skill is to show off an expensively gotten, rare facility with an instrument.
Sure it's entertaining, but what does it serve? I'm more impressed by someone who can rescue Trois Gymnopedie from overexposure and make it new.
Spoken like a true highbrow! I don't disagree at all.