That old question…June 20, 2007
In the I Hate Music forum the other day, a listener that I respect the opionion of (and I believe reads this here blog) posted something that made me stop and think. Someone had solicited opinions on Vorhernach the recent album by Axel DÃ¶rner and Toshimaru Nakamura on the Ftarri label, to which he responded “I think it’s good, but I don’t like it. And don’t know why.”
Well this really got me thinking. how can you think something is good but not like it at the same time? On what criteria do we judge “good” if not the personal pleasure we get from it? I guess we could admire the technical ability of a piece of music, or applaud the dedication of a musician to a project, yet not like the end result, but does that make your response to the final release good? Is pure craftsmanship or even the polar opposite a strong enough criteria to make something “good” without actually liking it? Maybe.
I’ve heard similar comments made about the music of Derek Bailey in the past, something like “well clearly he’s doing great things, but its its just not my cup of tea”, maybe I’ve even said similar things about other people before myself, but is this possible? If you are being honest with yourself can you really say you think something is good but also admit to disliking it?
Just a question. I’m not sure of the answer. Now I have to go and write reviews before Dan Warburton has my guts for garters 😉