Two articles on worldview and music

The first one, by Georg Predota at Interlude, tells how Gustav Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" treated important spiritual themes in an age of modernity: "By joining the Orthodox Christian’s humble prayer for the enlightenment of Pentecost with the iconic and metaphysical symbols of questing humanity contained in Faust, Mahler was undoubtedly giving voice to the longings of his age."

The second piece is one of my own, a review of country singer Kacey Musgraves's new album. Among other things, I examine why "Do whatever you want" is both a faulty worldview and a weak lyric.


I do too, Jason. It's just her response to the idea that I think is immature.
I do understand the "darned if you do and darned if you don't line" though.
Believe me, I'm willing to defend the country culture to the limit. I grew up watching Hee Haw and still chuckle at it on RFD-TV. I don't appreciate people looking down on what it represents to a lot of us folks.

Now, get back to writing your next piece for the Huffington Post. ;-)
Well, some of my nearest and dearest are country folks, so I don't like to get anywhere near that stereotype, even while acknowledging its unfairness. But I do appreciate your remark on how she completely misread it, Kevin. Such misreadings can leave a writer disheartened, so it's good to hear from those who read it properly. :-)
I have no idea how that one commenter so completely misread your piece, Gina. Wow. If I were in your shoes, I'm not sure I'd have been able to resist telling her she had just given weight to the unfair stereotype of country folks being semi-literate.
Thanks for both.

That Kacey girl has a pretty voice, but she's trying too hard to be "edgy". Do whatever you want, everyone's a hypocrite, nothing means anything, blah, blah, blah. My reaction? Bored now.

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