simon frith and me
Sunday, September 22, 2002
Once again, my questions make an appearance on an interview at rockcritics.com. Here's an excerpt from the interview, which is with Simon Frith:
Me: Absent lyrical close reading and formal musical training, about the only thing I feel I can offer is cultural context, so as a teacher/commentator, I might love Pink, but I can't think of any way to present her to my students/audience except as someone who "represents."
Simon Frith: The Pink problem, to put this another way, is that to explain why you love Pink means to explain your responses to the music and, in turn, what it is in the music that causes those responses, which might mean exposing more of yourself to your students than you would care to.