Saturday, 20 December 2008

The Christmas Crunch

Today I saw It's A Wonderful Life for the first time. Frank Capra's 1946 feelgood Christmas drama is celebrated widely and so I was able to find a cinema showing to attend rather than hiring yet another DVD.

What particularly struck me about the film is that the altruism demonstrated during it's protracted first act is most strongly outlined in a sequence in which there is a run on Jimmy Stewart's character's building society. With some strong rhetoric, appeals to the good sense and familiarity of his investors Stewart nips a small town blistering of the nascent depression in the bud. I fear we should all be paying attention to that this Christmas more than any other in our lifetime.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Tom Service on 'Crossover' music

Do have a read through this article in today's Guardian. Tom Service is their young but fairly seasoned classical music critic: consequently his piece on the highly profitable 'crossover' industry occasionally dips more than its toe into the Stygian gutter of haughty disdain. Nonetheless it's basically a balanced and well-prepared piece on a corner of the industry which tends to flourish precisely because it's largely impervious to such analysis.