Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
“Ring of Fire” is about “the transformative power of love,” says Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne. Not hemorrhoids.
Hang in there, Roseanne! If there’s one thing I despise about my generation, it’s our willingness to tolerate the commercial trivialization of the popular music we grew up with. “Oh, listen, honey, they’re playing our song…for a condom ad.” Philistine bobo boomers must die!
I take your point, slimedog, but the plain fact is, most popular music of the past 80 years or so has been trivial. Now, of course, it can be argued that the efforts of rap and hip-hop artists, not to speak of most rock, can’t even be classified as music.
Nevertheless, I certainly understand the Cash family’s concern when his music is used to peddle piles nostrums.
Do you think Tchaikovski was troubled by the use of the 1812 Overture to sell Puffed Wheat?
How about Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Suite” from “Peer Gynt” being used to sell Parkay many years ago. Remember that? “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”
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