Billy Joel’s Piano Man and the Big Lie

All pop music plays into the Big Lie. Hitler famously coined the term, and the general idea is that if you can tell a big enough lie and position it at the heart of a propaganda campaign, people would believe it purely out of the assumption that no one could possibly state something so untrue. And naturally, if they believe that part of the propaganda, then the rest of it follows suit. Continue reading “Billy Joel’s Piano Man and the Big Lie”

A Supermodel Frankenstein: Max Richter’s Recomposition of Vivaldi

The flighty repetition of a flurry of violins and winds, blurring all together like the flutter of a sea of birds taking flight, simplifying and calming into one, then two, then three distinguished staccato violins chirping along—this is how it starts, the beginning of Spring, whose warm harmonic line swells and ebbs beneath the frolicking violins.  I speak of Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s great Four Seasons, the original of course possessing some of the most famous opening bars of baroque music ever composed.  Continue reading “A Supermodel Frankenstein: Max Richter’s Recomposition of Vivaldi”

Find Your Own Van Goh

There’s a distinct feeling of dread that accompanies crossing the threshold into the contemporary art galleries of a metropolitan museum.  You already know what you’re in for, and yet, every time, you get hit with the same feeling of disgust seeing exhibit after exhibit trying to flaunt its puerile sense of self-important meaninglessness.  Spend enough time there and you’ll certainly get jaded, but the disgust will never go away. Continue reading “Find Your Own Van Goh”

Reassemble Your Traditions

As things go, tradition should always be honored, respected, and at the very least, considered, before it’s wantonly thrown into a trashcan.  Traditionalists do not have a desire to turn back the clock, as so many of their critics seem to assume; rather, traditionalism seeks only to maintain and remind the hollow men of Modernity that things weren’t always as empty and nihilistic as they are today.  The nihilist would probably agree, but only inasmuch as the crude masses of the past were simply deluded by opiates like religion or, as is still the case today, work.  The philistine, however, would wonder what on Earth you’re talking about.  Medicine and technology are better than at any time in recorded history—the Romans, great as they were, couldn’t even watch cat videos on their phones.  They didn’t even have phones! Continue reading “Reassemble Your Traditions”

Yes, Popular Culture Really Has Gotten Worse

In case you think you’re imagining things, we here at QNUW are ready to validate the fears you didn’t know you had: yes, the popular culture that you live and breathe has degraded beyond recognition, and it’s probably happened within your lifetime.  You might be thinking to yourself, how is that possible?  How could things really be that bad?  Or heck, you don’t even watch movies or own a TV, so what difference does it make?  All good questions. Continue reading “Yes, Popular Culture Really Has Gotten Worse”

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