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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
The Derb is talking about the decline in song in our country. I believe he's right, and I share his concern. But what can we do? Public schools don't teach music anymore. Conservatives won't support public radio, a venue that, despite its liberal news slant, perserves great Western music; classical, jazz, blues, pop standards, old country. It's obvious that an increasing number of red staters don't value such things, as they're more concerned with redneck songs about putting boots in the posterior of the Middle East. Nice sentiment, but it's horrible as art. See the most recent issue of NR, which features a story about the sorry level of conservative art. Even churches are starting to let us down, as a growing number of evangelical churches have abandoned hymns for choruses devoid of any serious musical merit.

What's a guy to do? I hope that Derbyshire and others of like mind will come to realize that while this is true in all parts of the country, it is even more so in red state America, and I say that as an Alabamian. The faux-populist conservatism espoused by any conservative that is less intellectual than National Review or the Weekly Standard cares nothing for art or music. We shouldn't be suprised that this a problem. Red state values have their merits, but this is not one of them.
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