A few thoughts on the phrase “classical music” and the never-ending debate it has inspired.
Today there is nowhere one can go, it seems, without the constant presence of bad music. It’s everywhere—in every bar, restaurant, and department store; on every television commercial, online video, or Hollywood film. Wherever we go, we are relentlessly besieged by some of the cheapest, most idiotic music mankind has ever devised. Thus, as I battle this daily onslaught of inescapable cacophony, I often find myself wondering: when did music get so bad?
“The Star-Spangled Banner” has played at countless ball games, political events, and, for those old enough to remember, network sign-offs. It has provided the soundtrack for many teary-eyed moments in our nation’s history, from Olympic victories to Presidential inaugurations. But does it really deserve to be our national anthem?