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Old 2006-04-11, 14:31
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I tend to argue towards necessity. Complex ideas require complex expression, and in that case technicality is appreciated. In that case doing something difficult is beside the point, not the point itself. It's used to get the point across. But there's a tendency in everything to confuse the two. So we have bad movies that exist just so the lead actor can do something difficult, we have men's figure skating which has eschewed everything but difficulty as a criterion for assessing a performance, and we have a lot of bands that show that all their practice time was put to learning how to pull off difficult techniques and not into understanding why they would be doing so. You can (have to) train yourself to be a good songwriter, but very few people do.

Being able to do something difficult is cool. But having an understanding of music and letting that understanding dictate when and to what extent difficult things should be done is cooler.
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