I read with interest the two recent ‘Beatles’ threads and the playful dispute between HPS and Johnny C. One of the more intense moments (though still playful, I think) was the remark from HP about caring: ‘who cares’. The obvious rejoinder was issued: clearly HPS did and does.
It is always fascinating (to me, at least) about why we care about these matters. I have rarely posted here; I used to do a little at the old place and I had a habit of making negative remarks about the Australian cult band The Go-Betweens; I did so partly out of bewilderment about intensity of the love for the GOBs and the intensity of my own dislike. My dislike reached fever pitch when Robert Forster was a guest on the Podcast and delivered one of the most embarrassingly inept performances I had ever heard from a highly regarded professional (tuneless non-singing, the most rudimentary guitar playing and bad lyrics). My post about this certainly resonated with some and before long the standard complaints were out: it was ‘my opinion’ and that ‘there are more important things’.
I have wondered about this notion of importance for a while. People who speak of Dylan without anything approaching familiarity really bug me. Why do I care? A barrister friend likes to pontificate about cricket and he makes the most woeful misjudgments: we had a quite emotionally violent argument about the Australian batting order.
Of course, a site such as this exists because of a shared understanding that music matters, that art matters, that personal expression matters. I was reminded of this while watching ‘The Disappointment Choir’. I was amused by Bob’s self-deprecating remarks and I admired his courage. I admired the performances too.
On another level, though, I am aware that although I am regarded as a fairly gentle kind of chap, I have this odd kind of anger and I use these ‘unimportant issues’ as a safe way of letting off steam. In all of the other areas of the ‘superstructure’ such as politics, the workplace, religion, relationships, it seems to me that arts and sport is a field where it’s mostly okay to be a little more carefree. But we care very deeply.