the truth that stares you in face

Earlier today, I was checking my messages on one of my favorite places to hang-out on the web, Persephone Magazine. In the new music column, Dr. Song talks about world music and mentions the artist Cheb Khaled, who I’d never heard before (he’s amazing BTW). She also cites an old NYT article written by David Byrne, called “I Hate World Music.” I was blown away by his frankness and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. I’ll leave you with this paragraph to ponder on:

“There is a perverse need to see foreign performers in their native dress rather than in the T-shirts and baggies that they usually wear off stage. We don’t want them looking too much like us, because then we assume that their music is calculated, marketed, impure. Heaven forbid they should be at least as aware of the larger world as we are. All of which might be true, but more important, their larger awareness might also be relevant to their music, which in turn might connect it to our own lives and situations. Heaven forbid.”


About lostincompositionland

absentminded composer/writer with short-ass attention span. Prone to fits of silliness at the drop of a hat. :P
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