Sunday, February 26, 2012

Facility

I've been listening to Billy Joel at Shea Stadium in 2008, again. One thing that has struck me is how most of the people I know like his music, which mostly seems natural and unforced even when it's being odd or schlocky.

The counterstrike, so to speak, is noticing that some critics have an issue with this: his music seems inauthentic to them because it is so facile. It's not innovative enough, not edgy enough, not strange enough, not tortured enough. Yeah, what a criticism; it's only in the arts that someone can be -too- good at what they do.

So it's great stuff, and in the man's own words, "Don't take any s**t from anyone!"

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