Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Hard Words, Soft Music

Weird Al's "Ebay" couples ultra-mellow music with witty social commentary; what a pleasant paring--how Horation. Compare "Stars" in Les Miserables; Javert's words are hateful while his tune ranges from gentle to inspiring.

In the former case, the gentleness invites us to listen, think, and draw our own conclusion about the lyrics. The latter case perhaps illustrates that if one says the wrong things in the right way, they may seem so reasonable and acceptable that one reinforces one's deception and self-deception.


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