While many of us may not be all that fascinated with Moby—it is rather remarkable to consider that Play goes back to 1999, so time fades—it seems that Mr. Hall isn’t all that fascinated with his own music or that of his contemporaries. Indeed, to describe what is generally heard on iPods and from turntables as “trivial” is probably to give the music too much credit, vis-à-vis what he argues in a post on his blog.
Moby is completely smitten with George Gershwin’s 1924 composition Rhapsody in Blue. Unfortunately, that work’s power has undoubtedly been diminished for many people by its use in United Airlines commercials. Nothing like associating shitty airline service with one of the musical masterpieces of all time (and no, I believe that, I am not channeling Moby).
This raises an interesting point to speculate on: What music that has been made in the past several years truly has the sustaining power that Gershwin’s composition has? Certainly, there are more than a few Beatles’ songs (although Rhapsody in Blue is a composition for piano and orchestra and is considered to be a “classical composition,” we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Gershwin earned much of his daily bread by writing for Tin Pan Alley). But who else?
Is Moby right?