A shorter post this time. I don't want to take a trip down memory lane or tackle any particular theme. Instead, i want to work toward a definition.
In my previous post I disparaged genre, and I'll continue that work here. I think that often what I think of as genre has less to do with structure, themes, and other conventions as it does with what Tom Waits calls "That feel."
For instance, I think of folk music not as having anything to do with protest songs or acoustic guitars, but with audience participation and the activity of making music.
Today I want to talk about rock n' roll. What is it?
What I'm talking about here is that breathless exuberance, that unstoppable rush of feeling. No wonder rock n' roll has always been connected to adolescent sexuality; it is a perfect analogue.
I'll not talk this up any more but instead leave you with a few more examples. Please, add your own votes.