|Yow!!! FRESH AIRE
||[Mar. 3rd, 2003|05:28 pm]
Music for people who don't really enjoy music|
I don't know how I got on a list to be invited to this yahoo group; if you're not familiar, it's for Mannheim Steamroller, which puts on snazzy concerts with e.g. flashily orchestrated versions of christmas carols, and a conductor who waves his arms a lot without actually conducting. In other words, short attention span faux classical music to make people who don't like music very much feel as though they've had a cultural experience, only with none of pain of actual listening or thought.
The dude who founded Mannheim Steamroller started out writing advertising jingles in Iowa. He was partly responsible for the
CW McCall/CB Radio/Trucking Pop phenonmenon in the 70s. which I always found the acme of redneck splendor. "CONVOY" was kind of a hoot, and was responsible for bringing Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson together. But Mannheim Steamroller is a crime for which no punishment is too severe.