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Reply to "Which song can I NOT get out my mind? THe most passionate song!"

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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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I guess it's a matter of perspective. Are a pair of shoes from 1990 old?


Yes. In this instance, one throws them away and gets new ones.

But do we really want to extend the analogy to the cultural realm?


What if the shoes are hardly worn? They're in perfectly good condition, but they were purchased in 1990. Are they still old? What about a piece of video footage from back then?

Cultural realm... What if we live in a culture of disposable consumerism? Obviously, some great music transcends the moment of their release. But we know, for example, that there's no way "Tears of a Clown" would even have been written, much less recorded, if there were no expectation of commercial reward.

Relatedly, while I disagree with you that white people don't consider "Imagine" to be "old," you do raise a good point about white music being given more props on a transcendent, cultural level than most black music. The genius of Motown, though, is that they figured out how to spin out undeniably "classic" music, that nevertheless was very commercial, very assembly-line, and very pop.

Is "My My My" a classic? CharismaaLover thinks it is. Who decides?
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