[JPL] I'm in a Quandry
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Fri Jan 9 11:42:25 EST 2009
Yes, sex does sell but...in Eliane's case...she's an extraordinary musician and that part of her talent doesn't appear to be the focus on her new CD. To me it seems the lush production and imagery are taking precedent over the music. It's well arranged and musically organized but certainly predictable. The CD is not something that personally appeals to me but I'll play it as a programmer because our listeners will like it. To a large degree they expect to hear the familiar and in this case the familiar is done well. Unfortunately though, that is a big part of what keeps the jazz radio ships afloat. This also reflects one of the perpetual dilemmas in jazz...how to balance the familiar with the not so and keeping the music moving forward and interesting and at the same time, presenting very good radio.
That said, when the lines become blurred in the marketing concepts of selling the superficial vs meaningful art...in my view...the music suffers. It's also important to note that the company and the artists are not always to blame for whatever are the results. When mediocrity is embraced and presented by...lets say...programmers... it's a form of dumbing down and worse, it creates a level of expectation for our listeners...which again, can hurt the music.
--- On Fri, 1/9/09, louisx at verizon.net <louisx at verizon.net> wrote:
> From: louisx at verizon.net <louisx at verizon.net>
> Subject: Re: [JPL] I'm in a Quandry
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Date: Friday, January 9, 2009, 11:12 AM
> You all must be over 50. Sex will always sell to teens and
> twenty-somethings. You don't "get beyond it"
> until the hormones diminish. Sex is a big part of music.
> Jazz was always about sex. The saxophone is a sexy
> instrument, with all of its moaning vocal-sounding tones.
> I'll step out and say I bought CDs because of a sexy
> cover or a touch of humor in the photo. In the end it's
> the music that matters, but cover art is a genre unto
> itself. Everyone loves the Blue Note covers and they were
> about sexy cool. That was all about selling. To me
> it's the whole package that makes this so much fun.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve
> Schwartz" <steve_schwartz at wgbh.org>
> To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 9:07 AM
> Subject: [JPL] I'm in a Quandry
> > My Lords and Ladies,
> > Thank you for you input and understanding and, for
> some of you, your sense of humor.
> > I hope I didn't offend anyone with my tounge in
> cheek question.
> > Sex has always been used to sell stuff (see
> "Playboys" on Pacific Jazz by Art Pepper and Chet
> > but shouldn't we beyond that in 2009?
> > Maybe I've learned a lesson. I'll just close
> my eyes and put a CD on the player (it plays both blonde and
> brunette) and if I like it, I like it! Now, if I only knew
> how long the track was! And who's playing on it! And...
> > Nuff said,
> > Steve
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