Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Frank Quote Of The Day

Frank And Beans

'The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds good to you, it's bitchin'...if it sounds bad to you, it's shitty.
The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don't like. American radio listeners, raised on a diet of _____ (fill in the blank), have experienced a musical universe so small they cannot begin to know what they like.'

~ The Real Frank Zappa Book, 1990.


zencomix said...

That's a great book! The Orchestral Stupidity chapters are classic.

darkblack said...

A wonderful book that every aspiring creative type should read at some early point in the process, ZC.

It's always informative for me to read the composer's own thoughts on their work, as opposed to a biographer who may or may not 'get it' - I had a similar series some years ago penned by Stravinsky (with Robert Kraft) that peeled away the mystery of that longhair music to a degree.


Tengrain said...

I've never read that quote before, and it is as true today (truer!) as it was then.

Man, Zappa had insight.