Up close with the Wyatt family of six
i left a comment on taylor's blog, but basically i would be interested in derek's response to taylor's assessment.i haven't spoken to derek recently, but last time i spoke with him specifically about his content, it was shortly before his album "i see things upside down" came out.he has stated that his newer music is to be taken along with, not contrary to, the music he has written on previous solo albums, like "she must and shall go free".i have had some concerns about how the two messages co-exist, but i also know that derek is prone to overstate his case for the sake of discussion. so saying that, i agree with taylor's assessment, for the most part, but i also know derek enough to want to give him a chance to respond specifically to reactions to his music.so basically, i would like to sit down with derek and taylor and listen as they go back and forth, point, counterpoint, etc. i suspect that they will find more in common than they realize, but also disagree more solidly than they would think on points of disagreement.-stephen
i think that it's because of his faith in the power of art that derek webb chose the themes he did for his album. i suspect that my definition of art is much less complicated than worley. i simply view various artforms, whether they be musical or visual, as expressions of what's going on inside the artist's mind and heart and/or what they are observing around them. even the "kitschiest" songs can and do speak to people, whether they be ccm or secular.
Sorry for the late comment, but I am just getting around to catching some old posts.One significant problem I have with Taylor's comments--sorry if this was addressed in his blog's comments--is that he criticizes Webb's newest CD for its thematic approach, but "She Must and Shall Go Free" is intensely thematic. Taylor called Webb the most promising song writer of this generation, but it was precisely Webb's thematic first album that cast him into such prominence. Love one thing; criticize another. Perhaps, Taylor's problem is with the *content* of Mockingbird, in which case let us discuss the issues.
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