"Damn your Taste"


It is a quotation from Ezra Pound: "Damn your taste.  I would like if possible to sharpen your perceptions, after which your taste can take care of itself." (Prefatio)
I was delighted to run into this pithy line in My Poets by Maureen McLane, a brilliant book which could as well be about music as about words.
It sums up pretty well what is wrong with the whole Music Appreciation approach, which presumes to intercede between your experience of something and the thing itself.
My job as a musician is to sharpen your perception rather than to make it irrelevant by interposing words and concepts.  Whether you like what you hear or not is a purely personal matter.  It is "your taste [taking] care of itself."


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