Academic journal article Antipodes

Easy Listening

Academic journal article Antipodes

Easy Listening

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schmaltzy waltzy schmoozy oozy easy listening moodless music someone's smooth and couth and neutered version of the songs that once were youthful raw and tuneful true and sexy rude and foolish how the young are hard and edgy zigzag angles are their jangling wrangling days while middle age wants undulations corners banked for easy gliding shock absorbers so the riding's smooth and bumpless not so frazzled and frenetic as young love's groin pain grind and panic middle age is never manic hurt or angry loud or eager every coffee creamed and sugared dishes cleaned and dried and stored and wrapped in plastic in the drawers and cupboards are the foods and drinks all saltless zingless bland and tasteless middle age is never restless though it might be always moving not like youth that's pushing shoving screaming at the bars that cage it craving life out-size outrageous that middle age keeps damped down tamped down stored sedated as though they've waited waited waited for the life to be created that they craved and raved and saved for till they cannot grab and claim it laugh and live it as they always swore they'd do when they were young and had no power money freedom just the appetites that need them now all gone now they can feed them now they keep them locked and stored the middle aged are never bored but always boring because they fill their time with hoarding cleaning sorting all the details of the life they could be living oh young and middle-aged and old forget the life that you can hold that's sorted canistered contained and wrapped up safe from pain and breakage ask the almost dead the dying they will tell you what is truth choose music as you would your youth and live the way youth chooses music then you know you can't go wrong for no one likes a joyless painless safe and brainless bland and toothless mind-benumbing moodless song

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