Billie Eilish Concert Review: Hiding in the Spotlight

‘I don’t like your tilted stage,’ a song in 2017 went, in a pointed critique of the Saint Pablo tour by Kanye West. The songwriter was Taylor Swift, whose 2018 reputation tour I had the good opportunity of seeing in Wembley Stadium, London. It was a novel experience, fusing musicality and theatricality into a stunning … Continue reading Billie Eilish Concert Review: Hiding in the Spotlight

Fukuyama, the state of India, and SYL’s ‘Sidhu Moose Wala’

At the top of today’s list of trending music videos on YouTube is SYL’s ‘Sidhu Moose Wala’. The production is slick and the lyricism imitative of American hip hop, following the recent move in K-Pop from north of the South China Sea towards rapped, rather than simply sung, lyrics. Indeed, like K-Pop, Indian pop seems … Continue reading Fukuyama, the state of India, and SYL’s ‘Sidhu Moose Wala’

From Bach to Born: A philosophy of music

Recently I’ve been writing about music. The study of music from a philosophical perspective is often ridiculed, as it is traced to the work of critical theorist Theodor Adorno, who preferred Bach and Beethoven to Mozart and jazz music (preferring not to comment on the decrepit condition of popular music). Adorno played the piano, but … Continue reading From Bach to Born: A philosophy of music

Why Kanye West is a unique musical genius

The name Kanye West has wide-ranging associations, depending on who you ask. But what's for certain is Kanye West is a name, a noun — not a description, or an adjective. Because Kanye West is singular, perhaps the most singular artist in existence, or the history of existence. Let me explain. Kanye began by breathing … Continue reading Why Kanye West is a unique musical genius

Spielberg’s West Side Story: A musical masterpiece

There is something entrancing about the idea of revival. Yet it is also deceiving, especially when what is being revived is itself a revival. Such is the case with Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, a revival of the original musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to classical composer Leonard Bernstein’s spellbinding score, … Continue reading Spielberg’s West Side Story: A musical masterpiece