Sunday, July 11, 2010
I think there's potential here. Not in the realm of health—I'm a big believer in taking actual medicine to cure disease. But in the realm of music criticism.
I've experimented with something similar in the past, reviewing improv albums after a single listen (the theory being, "they played it once, I'll listen to it once"). But now I'm gonna take it to the next level, so to speak.
Going forward, I'll be adopting a homeopathic approach to criticism. When I have to review a CD, I'm going to listen to no more than 10 random seconds from somewhere in the middle of the disc, preferably while doing something else that's occupying my full attention. Then I'll go wander around and live my life and do all the other things I've got to do for a week, or ten days, or however long it takes, until I can barely remember what those ten seconds of music sounded like. And then I'll write my review, and it will be much more powerful and incisive than anything I've written before.
[note to all my editors: I'm kidding.]