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The profession of music is lacking in horse sense, not only because the commonplace variety of horse is absent from its operations, but because parts of the horse are noticeably present.

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I have absolutely no interest in rock and roll. I’m just being David Bowie. Mick Jagger is rock and roll. I mean, I go out and my music is roughly the format of rock and roll, I use the chord changes of rock and roll, but I don’t feel I’m a rock and roll artist. I’d be a terrible rock artist, absolutely ghastly.

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Popular music of the last 50 years has failed to keep in step with advances in musical theater, namely Stephen Sondheim. But the two have grown apart so that popular music is based more than ever on a rhythmic grid that is irrelevant in musical theater. In popular music, words matter less and less. Especially now that it’s so international, the fewer words the better. While theater music becomes more and more confined to a few blocks in midtown.