From my perspective, the 19th century is recent. I’m old, and so is my country. Nothing ‘new’ has been invented since then, everything has been further development on established technology. Until and unless new elements or types of matter or energy are discovered, that will still be the case.

I’m not anti-American, specifically. I don’t like anybody! That said, historically , many Americans (even those who should know better) do display a naive belief that their country is the only one that ever invented anything, won a war or indeed ever did anything right. The fact that the French are exactly the same doesn’t excuse that.

Everyone is a snob about something.

There is no ‘new’ music — it all comes from somewhere. Jazz has its’ amusing qualities, true. It also originates from Blues and has roots in African and Caribbean folk music. Country and Western is drawn from the English Folk tradition, with the same constant gloomy themes of lost love, early death, poverty and tragedy as well as its’ simple melodies, but adds a saccharine, over-produced element which lacks the rawness of folk at its (pretty awful) best. Even Death Metal draws its sturm und drang style from Wagner and Beethoven! I prefer Classical and Baroque music, where the players and performers are serving the technically-challenging, mentally-uplifting music rather than their own fragile egos.

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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