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Saturday, March 27, 2004

YOU MEAN I CAN IGNORE HALF THE CORPUS OF WESTERN MUSIC? WHAT A RELIEF! 

What do Mozart's Requiem, Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Mahler's Ninth Symphony, most blues songs, and everything ever written in a minor mode have in common? Haunting, melancholy, dark . . . and therefore "crap," according to a local music critic whose work I've enjoyed in the past.

On the bright side (no pun intended), John Philip Sousa, Up With People (not to mention Hooray for Everything), and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" appear to be safe. For now.

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