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Re: “Live: Making sense of Lindsey Stirling in Raleigh

But Steve E, music should NOT be a constant stream of inoffensive and pretty (and I don't think that fits Lindsey anyway). If you were a classical music fan and only listened to Mozart, without subjecting yourself to modernist dissonant classical composers, that would be pretty sad. If you never listened to Tom Waits because he has an "ugly" voice, you'd be missing a lot. Sometimes, music (and art in general) should be ugly and offensive, not just a steady stream of pleasant tunes to please the masses.

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Posted by Loring Wirbel on 06/24/2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Live: Making sense of Lindsey Stirling in Raleigh

Oops, that was "she" for reviewer, apologies.

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Posted by Loring Wirbel on 06/24/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Live: Making sense of Lindsey Stirling in Raleigh

Hey, I just came across this review to get some perspective after seeing Lindsey at Red Rocks, and I was surprised (though I shouldn't have been) at some of these comments. The reviewer had negative things to say about the music being formulaic, and he has a partial point, but he ended the review on a positive note, saying how much she pleases fans. Nevertheless, he was raked over the coals. It is not the function of a music, book, or movie critic to be an unabashed fan of the artist. They're supposed to say what the artist did successfully and less successfully. That's the job of a critic. That does not mean they are some sort of negative, bitter individual (though some might be). The critic is supposed to analyze a piece of art and say what is good and bad. A rah-rah cheerleader would be a very bad critic.

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Posted by Loring Wirbel on 06/24/2015 at 12:30 PM

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