A Second Skin

The documentary for fashion photographer Bill Cunningham is fantastic. One thing that Bill said which struck me was probably the most quoted from the film: “Fashion is the armor to survive everyday life”.

Is music an armor? Oh sure, the grandiosity and noblesse of some music has armor written all over it. But I think that armor has some chinks, letting the air seep through.

Music strikes me as porous more than anything. Protection from life is the last thing music needs. Music needs life to work from, whether its Mozart or Mudhoney. It reacts to the world as much as creates one.

Music isn’t an armor, it’s a skin between ourselves and the world.


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