I’m hard to please.
Musically, that is.
I just spent a lot of time listening to the music of a new-to-me musician named Sufjan Stevens. I mostly like his stuff, but not entirely. I mean, I like it, but it doesn’t cause the joy of perfect music to rise up in ne and fill my heart with delight. If I were to buy a CD of his, I think it would be Seven Swans. But, I’m probably not going to buy it any time soon, and since I do not hint, that’s not any kind of hint for any of you who know me IRL, and who might be thinking that I’m hinting, since it’s close to Christmas.
My problem with music is that I tend to like things that are not really mainstream. There is something that grates against me when I hear slick, polished, hyper-produced, smooth-yet-characterless popular music. Yet, I get annoyed by musicians whose music screams, “Listen to how weird I am!!!! Aren’t I simply UNIQUE???? Listen to my dischordant bits and my lyrics that purposefully make no sense!! I am SUCH an ARTIST!!!!!”
I also tend to like guitar-driven stuff. But, I must be getting to be an old fogie because too much of the punkish music that I’ve liked forever sounds like a bunch of 22yo guys whining immaturely about something that’s happened to every other guy on the planet, and probably said better by 1000 other bands before them, of whom they’ve never heard, because they’re unaware of their own music’s roots.
We saw a guy on Austin City Limits on Saturday night; I almost really liked him. His name sounds decidedly Italian (Paolo Nutini), but his website’s bio insists that his family has been in Paisley, Scotland for “at least” four generations. I have some dissatisfaction with ACL’s decision to forego its American Roots Music focus, and now featuring non-American, non-“rootsy” music, but I guess that’s not Paolo’s fault. Also not his fault is that I also have an immediate distrust of musicians who are young and cute. Why is that? I’m not sure. I guess it’s because, as hubby and I were talking last night, after seeing a commercial featuring Beyonce, too many musicians exploit their physical attributes, which end up getting more attention than their music…