This week it’s Frank Zappa. I was a fan as a kid, long before I knew that he was also a “composer”, and long before I really knew what a composer was. In particular, Just Another Band From L.A. was a staple in our house, thanks to my older brother, and I was the only tween in our neighborhood who could recite and sing “Billy the Mountain” in its entirety.
When I was in college, I encountered 200 Motels for the first time via an obsessed friend. I never got that familiar with it, but some of it made a lasting impression on me. Roger blogged about it a few weeks ago, and I was more recently reminded of it for other reasons. […]
Last month aworks wrote something that has fascinated me ever since:
I just have no interest in harmony. I can’t hear it, I don’t enjoy it when I recognize it, it’s boring to read about, etc. Timbre on the other hand…
It had never occurred to me that one can enjoy music without enjoying harmony. You might read that and think, “Goodness, how closed-minded!” That’s a matter of opinion; to me it’s a perfectly valid point of view, although I don’t share it. (I do agree that harmony is pretty boring to read about, but sometimes we just have to.) […]