Joined: Sep. 2010
||Posted: Sep. 19 2011, 16:04
|The one thing that bugs me about this "anti-intellectual" label is that it implies that intellectuality is something to be fought, to go against, as if "heart" and "mind" are deadly enemies, opposing forces that try to annihilate each other. I find, however, that the vast majority of the music I like accomplishes both sides and understand them as partners, as complimentary forces, that depend on each other to thrive. It's pointless for music (or art in general) to be "anti-intellectual" as much as it is pointless for a person to be anti-intellectual -- really, is there any benefit in acting dumb?|
Going for the heart is perfectly possible -- and in my opinion, much better -- when intellectuality is involved. Besides, the original post seems to be condemning not just "intellectuality", but effort, as if it's a bad thing to expect the artist to actually work on his art. Well, there is no art without work, without effort. The heart doesn't move the body all by itself -- if the whole body is not working well, the whole body suffers, isn't it? With art, it's exactly the same.
I find it perfecly okay to like Voyager for what it is: an unpretentious, unambitious dabbling in Celtic music, and I don't think that is its flaw. I don't think, though, that lack of brains, effort or sweat is something to be proud of, but that's just me.
I agree with you Sir Mustapha, but I must add that I deem all of Mike's works that I've listened to (I still haven't listened to either Guitars or MOTS) emotional works. For me there is not a Mike Oldfield album that isn't emotional.
|The heart doesn't move the body all by itself -- if the whole body is not working well, the whole body suffers, isn't it? With art, it's exactly the same.|
That's why I don't like a lot of modern art, because a lot of it is meant to be taken intellectual whilst the intellectual notion behind it is often very simplistic.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.