Monday, February 07, 2005

Monday musings

Sir Paul rocks
I read on the Associated Press that television writer David Bauder thought Paul McCartney put on a safe show during the halftime show at the Super Bowl yesterday. Mr. Bauder tried to be hip stating that McCartney's show was "offputting for the kids." Huh?

The problem with Bauder's conclusion was he is wrapped up in the world of here today, gone today. The Beatles, like artists stretching from Bach to U2, pushed music forward but did not do so at the expense of crafting art that is timeless and will win over fans with each passing generation.

McCartney and his top-notch band delievered an excellent 12-minute set of music that was crafted for a mass audience without pandering to the lowest common denominator. With the possible exception of U2's incredible performance three years ago, I can't remember a better Super Bowl halftime show that Sir Paul's four-song set yesterday.

As for Bauder, I doubt his prose will be remembered past its publication date...He might want to note that very few of today's new crop of pop music entertainers can expect to command a successful career lasting anything close to a decade. McCartney has been thrilling fans for more than 40 years and has not lost his place at the front of the line...

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