Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tuesday Morning Snark

Here’s my theory on jazz: it’s the new classical. Jazz shows have replaced most classical programs on CBC and CKUA. People experience jazz today with a sense of awe and wonder that was once the sole preserve of symphonies. It’s the music of choice for the intelligentsia and wanna-be elite. If you want to sound brainy and hip, drop John Coltrane’s name. It gives off both the illusion of smarts and of street cred. The music people pretend to like without knowing how to listen to it. Just like classical had been previously.

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