'The Ultimate Rule ought to be: 'If it sounds good
, it's bitchin'
...if it sounds bad
, 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
That's a great book! The Orchestral Stupidity chapters are classic.
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.
I've never read that quote before, and it is as true today (truer!) as it was then.
Man, Zappa had insight.
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