A call for an injection of creativity in the arts 5


The most basic interval in music is a perfect third.

If you listen to much popular music, and I admit I don’t, you’ll be clubbed over the head with the sound, as the video above demonstrates.

A good friend of mine taught music theory at a local university. He is an outstanding musician in his own right, with a Phd in music. He explained what the public appreciates the most in song writing: predictability.

Their minds expect a certain, predictable ‘next note’ to occur following a series of (usually predictable) notes that precede it. It is almost as if God had hard-wired man to appreciate certain tones, and the progression of these tones, more than others… More…

Who is the greatest American composer? Reply


By Tom Quiner

Three of my favorite American composers are George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Duke Ellington.

Today on the classical radio, I listened to Aaron Copland’s great Rodeo Ballet. The Hoe Down movement is so utterly American, so exquisitely compelling, so deliciously seductive that I felt compelled to share it with Quiner’s Diners readers.

My wife and I attend a convention in Las Vegas every year. We frequently walk past the Bellagio to take in the fountains. Then we walk across the street to Paris and have dinner at Mon Ami Gabi’s on the patio so we can keep watching. Copland’s Hoe Down is my second favorite water ballet. Enjoy.

Who is the greatest composer? I vote for Gershwin, but Copland is in the top three.