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It's Friday!

Well, it's my Friday. Tuesday is my long day, but then I get two days off in a row. Today, I got to pop down the street to Hole in the Wall Books to fill in a few grievous gaps in my science fiction library (no, I will not tell you what they are--my shame is too great). My car decided to play "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" for me. I've got a great stash of tea to drink. My fridge is full of autumnal greens to cook. Life is good.

In fannish news, I think Tennant's Doctor has grown on me. Nine will always be first in my heart, but Ten has a certain puppyish charm. As of "The Idiot's Lantern" I am officially head over heels in love with Rose Tyler, though. I've never heard any of Billie Piper's music. I bet it's horrid, Spears-esque crap. I don't suppose anybody has ever heard of her doing a duet with Nick Cave or something?

Sigh. I thought not.


Nov. 19th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this - this has been a very busy week! And the lovely weather really hasn't helped much.

Can you tell me what you find interesting about Britney Spears's stuff?

Quite often, the writer/producer Max Martin gets exclusive credit for her music, yet he doesn't when we're talking N'Sync (typical gender discrimination). Yet the things that I find interesting about her music aren't heard in N'Sync's music, which suggests that whether they're her direct contribution (and there's no reason why wouldn't they be, unless we just want to dismiss her completely), or Martin's response to her particular strengths. I tend to think she's a better instinctive musician than most of her "generation" - certainly better than Christina Aguilera, who has a better instrument in her voice, but no musicality and an atrocious sense of rhythm; even Beyoncé Knowles often feels stilted in a way that Britney doesn't. Ironically, although Pink hates the comparisons, I think they do have quite a lot in common, which includes a tremendous sense of rhythm and an awareness of where the key pressure points are in a melody. You can see it in Britney when she dances - as with her voice, she's not the best technically, but she knows where the beat is. You can see her feeling it/responding to it in her core, whereas both Christina A. and Beyoncé tend to move their limbs to the surface of the melody. Britney also does something very Southern, which is put the ornamentation on the low end of her voice, rather than screeching up high, which personally I prefer. Plus, frankly, for all its worrying subtext, "Baby One More Time" is a great pop tune - and not quite as squicky as "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)"!

Now, that was probably more than you intended me to say!

But yes, I am trained as a classical musician, and played professionally for about 2 minutes before realizing that it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. But I folded it into what I ended up doing, and if you're still curious, you can reach me at my livejournal e-mail - easiest method!



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