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damigella_314
May. 21st, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
I must be getting really German, because the great singer who died recently, to me, is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. It's strange that the English language media didn't notice his passing.
To me, he embodies Schubert's Lieder. Of course I like Lieder just as I like operas, I'm a sucker for the text of songs.
I feel OLD.
karaokegal
May. 22nd, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Let's face it. Most Americans wouldn't know a Lieder or a Leider singer if they tripped on it. On the other hand the combination of Robin Gibb and Donna Summer basically rips the heart of out a whole generation of Americans (and probably others) who were of a certain age in the 70's.
damigella_314
May. 23rd, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
I discovered by reading the Obits that I didn't know how to spell Fischer-Dieskau, because I became familiar with his name before I had any idea of German spelling rules (that would be 1982). I actually know some of the Lieder by heart, even though I obviously cannot sing them.

The BeeGees to me are just a vague memory of a weirdly dressed trio with long hair and squeaky voices.
There's an Ocean and a Continent between us, hon, but neither is as wide as the cultural gap between a total nerd and an actual human being. You're so nice to me, nevertheless.
karaokegal
May. 23rd, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Not to necessarily defend the excesses of the era, but I wouldn't say the BeeGees even at their height were dressed more weirdly than other groups. Try some vintage Earth Wind & Fire or any of the Glam bands (Sweet or even my beloved Roxy Music, circa 1973) for outlandish garb. I'm not sure why falsetto is coming through as squeaky on your end of the pond though.

On the other hand, while I can appreciate the skill of the Lieder singer and appreciate the melodic lines, there would probably be a fairly small upper limit on how much I would be able to listen to at one time. So...yeah.

As much as their is to parody and lampoon in the music and garb of the 70's and 80's, at least it was distinctive. I feel like the entire 90's and early 2000's are just hopelessly bland and there's nothing to point at and say, THAT'S 1995! Or maybe this is a sign of encroaching "Get those kids off my lawn" syndrome.

damigella_314
May. 23rd, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's not my side of the pond, it's "I'm tone deaf and it's a miracle I am a mathematician because we're all supposed to be musical*". Many musical terms are Italian, but I cannot undertsand them because I can't hear them.

The Bee Gees looked weird because most of the other singers whose look I knew in high school (highbrow music I only was familiar with from the radio/records) were Italians who sang in jeans and sneakers. When I started college in 1984, I stopped watching TV and spent lots of time "studying" in the music room - where people would listen to Mozart and Schubert, the Beatles and The Doors. I don't think anyone listened to disco.

*the best conference place in Europe has a music room with baby grand, large selection of music scores and stands, so that visiting scientists who need to practice can do so.
psychotichic
May. 23rd, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Yep. There went my heart (particularly Gibb, since my 1st concert was the Bee Gees when I was 16...) :(
karaokegal
May. 23rd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
WOW! Was that the Spirits Having Flown tour? It was definitely a rough week for anyone who ever had a glitter ball or wore platform shoes or was just alive in the mid-70's.
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