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PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS

Everywhere you go today your ears are assailed by pop music. Everywhere there's this loud pop of an astounding banality! In shops, cafes, bars, street corners. To carry on a conversation we must shout at each other over this deadly noise, a noise that follows you around wherever you go. It is just a carpet of loud sound. Smoking has been banned in  bars, shops, and restaurants. But there is no law against this worse kind of mental pollution that has such a dampening effect on conversation.

In the past, music was something you sat down to listen to or you made yourself, - something that provided a genuine musical experience.  No longer is music something shaped by our deepest feelings. As always there will be exceptions but by-and-large young people seem to have turned their back on this enchanting world of classical music. The loss is theirs.

Is it just a matter of judgment or taste? Is it just a matter of my taste against yours? Is there really a difference between pop and real music? Is it elitist to even suggest that there is? Music is not a blanket with which to cut off communication but is, in fact, a form of communication itself?

While typing this I have been keeping an eye on 'Flog it', a popular programme on tele. An organ player was demonstrating  how different organ stops are pulled out to turn on different sets of sounds in a pipe organ. When all stops are pulled out, the organ will play all variations of its sounds at once, therefore being as loud as possible. Is the result produced music or pop I wonder?

Comments

sorry that is happening in your world
it's not my experience here
some places like it loud
some are actually silent lol
even the tv is tuned with the sound off
i don't even notice unless it's really loud

as a side note my grandfather was an organist
he was selective in how he used the stops

Edited at 2018-08-15 21:23 (UTC)
It's worth taking Sturgeon's Law into account here: 98% of everything is crap. This goes for pop music; it also goes for classical music.

It's also the case that the birth of classical music (in the narrower sense of the term, as opposed to baroque (and later, romantic) music) was also greeted by some with howls of dismay: "Johann Samuel Petri, in his Anleitung zur praktischen Musik (1782) spoke of the 'great catastrophe in music'." (Wikipedia).

Edited at 2018-08-16 06:53 (UTC)
I like Sturgeon's Law here.
It's the ubiquity, loudness and banality of the pop that gets to me.
I think there is good and bad music as much classical was the "pop" of the era it was composed it. I'm a classical fan but enjoy a few pop tunes from 20 or 30 years ago.
I seldom hear soft music on the street, in cafes, in bars, or even on the radio! 9 out of 10 radio stations seem to be geared towards the pop scene. At least one can shut those 9 off!
Although I enjoy silence, I also appreciate music. My musical tastes, however, are extremely eclectic. Yes, I love classical music. But in my car I have Heavy Metal blasting out and on my exercise play list (If I'm not listening to an audio book) I have nigh-energy tunes with a certain number of Beats Per Minute. Usually classical just doesn't make the list because the beat doesn't tend toward constancy, rather to the conductor's feel for the music.

However, I enjoy sound in general, and often will have something on in the background.

- Erulisse (one L)
So long as there is a button somewhere close by I'm happy!