After blogging about who is sweeter -- Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, or Sarah Jessica Parker? -- Gabe and Tony ask who is lamer -- Marcel Duchamp or John Cage? While Cage's place in history is acknowledged:
John Cage was a revolutionary musical artist throughout much of the 20th century. On the sweet side, he was one of the first to experiment with electronics in music. Of course, disco couldn't have happened without electronics in music, but neither would the sweet intro to Baba O'Reilly, so you be the judge.
So why is Cage lame?:
Why, you ask? Because of 4'33. What is 4'33? It is a "song," or more accurately a "performance," as simply playing the song on a cd is a bit hollow, in more ways than one...I say: Shennanigans!... And just for the record, I do think these are all works of art. Very lame works of art.
For regular readers, you might notice I really enjoy hearing how listeners love Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. I may have a new interest: those listeners who hate the music of John Cage in general and/or 4' 33" specifically.
Which is a lead-in to a post by Mr. Appoggiatura about the three factors that determine musical taste: exposure and musical training, culture and social ties, and genes and personality. He uses jazz as an example of an art form suffering due to lack of exposure and thus lack of familiarity with its more complex harmony and rhythms. As for the genetics/personality dimension, I'll reiterate a relevant John Cage quote:
I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said 'You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through.' So I said, 'I'll beat my head against that wall.'