Tuesday, March 05, 2013

What does this have to do with music?

I'm watching Justin Timberlake on a wide-screen TV through a store window.  Can't hear a thing, but I see he can play piano in addition to singing--and that he can name his tour the "Sex Tour."  Complete with salacious dance moves, totally unnecessary for a guy who clearly has some talent as a dancer.  Sorry, I just don't get it.

Fast-forward a number of months.  I'm watching Lady Gaga through the same store window on possibly the same wide-screen TV.  I've heard her sing, but I didn't know she was also a pianist.  The problem is that I can't quite get past the image of a woman playing the piano while (not entirely) dressed in what I can only describe as a spangled bikini.

Call me old-fashioned, but I liked the good old days when a song-and-dance man was a song-and-dance man.


Anonymous Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

I saw a post on Facebook months ago showing a picture of Sinatra and the lyrics from one of his songs. Such amazing poetry.
And underneath it a picture of Bieber and lyrincs from one of his songs: Oh baby, oh baby, want you baby, etc.
Western culture is quickly sinking down in intellectual sinkhole.

Thu Mar 07, 01:40:00 PM 2013  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

To be fair, let's distinguish between "popular" culture and the more-traditional version(s). Fortunately, people are still composing operas, choreographing ballets, writing poetry and non-fiction (and even some decent fiction). But some of the current offerings on television . . . Whatever happened to family-friendly TV? I agree, Garnel, that some aspects of the so-called "good old days" really were better.

Fri Mar 08, 10:29:00 AM 2013  

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