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Re: Amazing arrogance...
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• Posted by: Rick   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Amazing arrogance... (Marc Lawson)
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> You are missing the point. I took issue with the fact that reviewer was
> judgmental of the composer's motivations and work ethic, not the comments
> about the music itself.

> It takes alot of arrogance to think you know what other people are
> thinking and why they do what they do.

> To your point #3, I think it is absurd to think that any reviewer or
> critic has ever been responsible for keeping music honest or helping
> "elevate the craft". The public's opinion (and one's own
> personal integrity) is enough to keep you honest. And, if a third-party
> opinion is really needed, anyone worth their salt generally has enough
> people around them to ask for feedback when they need it.

> All a critic can offer is an opinion. The more informed the critic, the
> more valuable the opinion. That means that the best critics would be other
> film composers. Fortunately, most of them are too busy creating work of
> their own (or are too classy) to tear down the work of others.

> Leave that to the buzzing gnats on the websites.

Wow. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Yes, while there is an overabundance of unintelligent knee-jerk critical people in our over-connected and vacuous society today- the value of an intelligent critic of any art should never be under-estimated! Especially now, with the advent of so many technologies and sub-categories, the field popular art/entertainment is flooded with products- and there's only so many hours in the day and dollars in the wallet. Christian is one of those valuable, intelligent, informed critics. I don't agree with him half the time, but he expresses himself in a clear manner- so that I can narrow down the field of choices, and therefore find art that pleases me. I can't tell you how much money this site has saved me- even the tracks I've purchased that Christian DIDN'T like- I purchased because he and I are sometimes different, but his critiques are always SPOT ON! That is really what a good critic does for the marketplace. He, as much as the market itself, is a force for the advancement of the art. And as far as respecting and artist for the QUANTITY of work he puts out- I work in the arts&entertainment industry, and yes, you can kill yourself for years on one product- or be lazy and "phone in" a hundred of 'em in a year. Zimmer could be making haute cuisine, but he's happier making burgers right now. Nothin' wrong with that. Christian was good enough to point that out: you want a burger, or do you want something more artistic and elaborate? Buy what you like, and thank the critic for streering you in the right direction.
Nuff Sed!

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  • Amazing arrogance...  (3382 views)
       Marc Lawson - Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:54 a.m.
    •    Re: Amazing arrogance...  (3104 views)
         untitled - Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
      •    Re: Amazing arrogance...  (2809 views)
           Marc Lawson - Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.
        •    Re: Amazing arrogance...  (2676 views)
             Jacque - Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 12:11 p.m.
        •      Re: Amazing arrogance...  (2713 views)    We're Here
             Rick - Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.

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