Writing about Music Is like Dancing about Architecture

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

It’s attributed to various people who seem like they might have said something like that, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, even Thelonius Monk. I’ve seen it on T-shirts, I’ve heard it in conversation, and people have said it to me, with a wry expression, when someone has written something dumb about music, especially if that writer is me.

Writing about music is like dancing to architecture.

You dance to something, not about it.

Strictly considered, writing about music is as illogical as singing about economics.

Grammatically, and logically, that’s just fine, and you see what it’s getting at, though I can think of at least one example of singing about economics that at least arguably belies it. Or maybe it bears it out. Either way, I welcome the opportunity to allude to Red Shadow. Such opportunities are quite rare.



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Frank Portman

Frank Portman

I am Dr. Frank. I write books and songs. Mtx Forever.