Letter: We need more music for whistling paperboys.
Sir, - So Andrew Cowen, in his Big World of Rock (Post, Oct 14), thinks that Princess Diana lacked musical taste.
Having taken an obvious delight in dancing on the graves of Hear'Say, two weeks earlier, he's now having a go at the Princess of Wales.
He rubbished her ownership of Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera albums, but these are two of the biggest selling albums of the past four decades and have brought the greatest pleasure to millions of normal people.
Cliff Richard's The Lord's Prayer dwarfed every other single released at the time of the Millennium.
Her taste for pop music - not rock - demonstrates why Diana became known as The People's Princess. At the same time I'm sure that Princess Diana showed a lot of taste in not attending parties where she might encounter lots of 'cold sick' (although Andrew Cowen feels she missed out in this respect). After all you don't have to put your head in every dustbin to experience life.
I have taken an interest in popular music for the past six decades (although my taste nowadays is more for the likes of Sibelius and Mahler) and I must say that most of today's music is devoid of melodic development.
Rock/rap/grunge and garage is virtually non-music as far as I can see and the demented cover designs of many of today's rock CDs indicate the sort of people they are aimed at.
Andrew Cowen would no doubt sneer at 80s and 90s artists like Kylie, Jason, Take That and Steps but their kind of music was tuneful and that's what music is really all about. Something melodic that your paperboy and papergirl can whistle on their round.
Why so many newspapers devote acres of space to ghastly, pretentious rock music is beyond me and I feel sure that a majority of light music-inclined (as opposed to classical) readers of The Birmingham Post would prefer reading reviews of pop and easy-listening albums to the ramblings of Andrew Cowen.
Hopefully, the huge interest generated by today's pop talent TV shows - which is encouraging more and more youngsters to think pop, not rock - will bury rock and its ghastly off-shoots once and for all.
LES COTTRELL Yardley.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Oct 28, 2002|
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