Some wisdom and perspective from old geezers

Be happy like these chaps

Depending upon who you talk to about music (and we’re really generalising here), the older the music fan the more likely their perspective (from the moral high ground) seems to be that:

(a) everything was better in the old days
(b) there’s no new music worth listening to, and
(c) <insert comment here that always make you roll your eyes>

As we’ve always said, the older you get, the bigger the music back catalogue gets, and the more you get to choose from. In other words, take the open-minded approach not the close-minded approach.

So it was quite refreshing to come across some recent musings from “old geezers” who have always had interesting things to say about music. Just when you expect them to take the “grumpy old men” approach they surprise us by being quite open-minded and philosophical about things…

Nick Hornby on the liberating effect of MP3 blogs
Where the author of “High Fidelity” embraces the internet and majorly props Hype Machine. Nice one Nick. Some gems…

Keeping in touch with the things that help us feel alive – music, books, movies, even the theatre, if, mysteriously, you are that way inclined – becomes a battle, and one that many of us lose, as we get older…

[On MP3 blogs] …some of these post songs from new bands, and some post scratched old vinyl funk records, and if you spend an hour messing about you’ll find 20 or 30 great songs you never knew before. In other words: there’s no excuse…

All I know is that if you love music, and you have a curious mind, there has never been a better time to be alive.

Paul Morley interviews Mark Moore
As part of his Showing Off series for The Guardian, music journalist / critic / promoter Paul Morley chats with Mark Moore of S’Express about the stigma of liking disco.

Bill Drummond’s 2008 lecture “The death of recorded music”
Living legend Bill Drummond gave a lecture on the death of recorded music at BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking ‘08 festival  in Liverpool. See also the Bill Drummond interview in The Quietus “Recorded music has run its course”.

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