stick to kissing babies

September 8, 2006

I don’t often have cause to cheer the Pope but I gave him a round of applause when I read that he had cancelled the annual Vatican’s pop music concert. Apparently, in previous years undeniably great musicians such as Tom Jones, Bryan Adams and Sarah Brightman have sung to crowds of up to 8,000. Almost without exception the musical taste of our political leaders is abysmal. The wretched Blair admits to being a fan of something called The Darkness as well as Bruce Springsteen. Master Cameron says his favourite album was by ‘the Killers.’ “Because I’m 39′ he says , ‘there’s The Smiths, Radiohead, Pulp, Blur – all that quite gloomy music.’ “Revealing what has been downloaded onto your MP3 is, apparently, as important as kissing babies.” Gordon Brown was recently talking about his enthusiasm for the Arctic Monkeys. Hillary Clinton has just revealed that her iPod picks.”include Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Take it to the Limit” by The Eagles,” Worst of all. George W Bush is a fan of country music and classic rock, but he also likes “a little bit of hard core and honky tonk”, his iPod playlist suggests. How can you trust a man who listens to “country greats George Jones, Alan Jackson, and My Sharona by the Knack’ to know whether to invade Iraq or not? Who cares whether they know anything about economics- they have advisers for that, but no spin doctor can inculcate a love of Brahms or Buxtehude. How can one look up to a politician who thinks that music is what is put out by the Frozen Monkeys or some other bunch of adolescents jumping up and down? I personally will only vote for someone who shows an appreciation for the world’s heritage of great music. Did Attlee load ‘How much is that doggie in the window’ onto his HMV gramophone? Was Harold Macmillan whistling ‘the Young ones’ as he discussed the Cuban missile crisis? (see my previous posts on the appalling musical tastes of our leaders)


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