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Micah’s Musings

There are only two kinds of music

I’m fond of Duke Ellington’s statement that there are only “two kinds of music: good music, and the other kind.” Let’s spend a minute dissecting this quote, which for me still resonates.

I find it nifty how the great bandleader, composer, and pianist both dismisses the genre wars (in jazz, that can often mean sub-genre and sub-sub-genre wars) that can consume musicians, critics, and tastemakers, and does it in such a gentle way: not calling it out as ‘bad music’ but just ‘the other kind’ of music. Continue reading