21. March 2007 · Comments Off on Because People In Other Fields Never Say Anything We Don’t Understand · Categories: imported, Ramble

Much as I love Radio 3, it’s even the way that people “in the know” talk about music, the way they dissect and deconstruct this recording or that performance.

I’m getting tired of this sort of thing. Sure, musicians and those who love music talk a different language than folks who aren’t in the know. Dancers talk a language I don’t know when they talk about dance. Doctors do the same thing. So do lawyers. Heck, so do plumbers.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t speak plainly to our audiences when we are talking to them, so if someone is talking “above” their listeners—say, on the radio—they might want to rethink that. But really … can people just realize that there is a musical language and we aren’t going to dump that? I hope the writer isn’t asking us to dumb down. A writer wouldn’t want us to do that, would she?

Oh … but I remember a writers’ conference where we were asked to dumb down. Hmmm.

I could say more about the article, and the quote that began it all (see the beginning of the article), but it’s 2:30 AM and I’m hoping that I’ll finally get to sleep now that I’ve bored myself with this little ramblerant™.

(I’ll probably get up in the morning, read this, and wonder what the heck I was trying to say!)

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