Listening to burnt pies and cheesecake

The Economist recently had an article exploring some ideas about why we have music in our lives. Most of which can be (and are in the associated comments) dismissed. It would not take too long to see that it is primarily a homosexual thing with men enjoying music created by men and yet those involved in the exchange are predominantly heterosexual.

[W:John Peel] once likened music to a big pie with the gooey, sticky, sweet stuff in the middle and a harder, crisper, slightly burnt crusty outer edge. While the sweet centre can be pleasant it is the crusty outer edge that is the most satisfying. So I have enjoyed nibbling round and round the edge of the pie and finding that John Duncan was inspired when he found a record by Jacques Lasry in a library – does this remind you of anyone? Music by Lasry, along with a Baschet brother or two was used for the children’s TV programme Picture Box…

Music Box titles


Music Box music

John Duncan’s The Keening Towers sounds like cheesecake for [W:Steven Pinker]…

The Keening Towers (excerpt)

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