I recently had an epiphany, thanks to Lenny. Sure, 95% of pop music is dross. But if you don’t keep your ears and mind open, you’ll miss the 5% that counts. I think that’s wise counsel for writing as well. So many people are writing now through so many channels, you miss so much. When you have a chance to make a new discovery, you have to be open to the possibility of discovery. As usual, Bernstein is as charming as he is open-minded. He loves popular music in all its forms. Just listen to his own compositions. You can tell how delighted he is to have Janis Ian performing “Society’s Child,” a song that hits his sweet spots of social consciousness AND musical invention. It’s a pity this type of program isn’t on broadcast television these days.
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