More music in the air, updated
Still haven’t found the sheet music for “Midnight, the Stars and You”, but Roger‘s blogging about Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 500 songs of all time (article not on line yet). The top 20 listed are pretty lame, and of course Rolling Stone had to list John Lennon’s Imagine in the top 3. Imagine‘s probably the lamest, most meaningless tripe anyone whose aim in life (after becoming rich, famous, and mob-accosted successful) was “to do nothing” could have come up with, which he did. Byron Matthews has been Imagining John Lennon’s Utopia
With “Imagine”, John Lennon believed he was showing the way to a better and more peaceful world. Instead, he succeeded in combining three supremely bad ideas as main ingredients in a musical recipe for political and economic disaster. If the goal were to produce an inexorable destruction of liberal democracy and economic productivity, it would be hard to improve on Lennon’s triple whammy of abolishing religion, nations, and private property. Compared with the oppressed and mean existence promised by Lennon’s utopia, life in a yellow submarine seems positively attractive. While we may hope that his dream of peace will always be widely shared, Lennon’s program for getting there is not one that any thinking person should want to join.
Oh, of course Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone is the number one greatest rock song—as if that qualifies as rock. Next thing you’ll be telling me that Mahler is easy listening—yet, we’re supposed to believe this thing wasn’t rigged when Jakob Dylan was on the panel?
Speaking of lists, she also has a post on movie comeback lines.