29. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

… or maybe When Does It Matter?

I just watched and listened to a YouTube video of some group that uses a small chamber type orchestra. There are strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The oboist plays both oboe and English horn—not great, playing, but whatever. The parts are rather silly—NearlyNothingMusic™. And the intonation in the group is far from stellar.

But the song works for me.

So I’m wondering when things like tone and intonation matter, and why, with what I’m assuming is some sort of pop group, I really don’t care all that much.

The lead singer is darn cute. That kind of pasty, skinny looking cute, really. The kind some women would find “weak” but which some of us find attractive (although not in real life … funny how that works!). The song is depressing. (Ah yes, depressing can be so enjoyable. And no, I’m not being sarcastic.) I’ve looked up the group and it appears they are very familiar with “classical” music. (ARGH! Can’t we think of a better term? I sure wish so. Hmmm. If I’m calling them “popular” maybe what I do should be called “unpopular”… ? ;-)

I’m just puzzling over my reaction.

And no, I’m not going to name the group because to do so might identify the oboist and since I just said the player wasn’t great I just don’t want to go there.

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