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Elizabeth M

Kenny G : jazz :: Dan Brown : literature

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While I can totally sympathize with Matheney on what Kenny G. did to Armstrong's song, I don't think I agree that there is a hallowed ground, an area that is untouchable, for art. Mona Lisa with Moustache is controversial, but enough see value in it (including myself) that it is included in discussions of art. It is fine to say that KG laid a stinkbomb, was full of himself when he butchered Armstrong's song, and isn't good enough to carry Armstrong's water, and I would heartily agree, regardless of which KG piece that might be discussed. But Armstrong off limits, no way.

parsnip

just to lower the tone -- my husband calls g-strings kennys (kenny g -- geddit?). that epitomises our view of him.

Scott

Kenny G : jazz :: Dan Brown : literature

Wow! I don’t know who[m] that’s harsher to. Yow.

But Dan Brown was recently vindicated in court. As you may know, he was accused of plagiarizing The DaVinci Code; presumably, they thought he only took the lousy parts. He was found innocent and won a big honkin’ settlement.

I found this bit particularly astonishing:

On 15th March 2002 Mr Brown sent the first 190 pages of DVC to Mr Kaufman [Brown's editor at Doubleday, not Brown's ultimate publisher]. That document has not survived. By 22nd March 2002 Mr Kaufman had edited the 190 pages down to 128 pages (apparently without consulting Mr Brown)

Jeez, is Mister Kaufman one editor who desperately deserves a massive bonus.

While I can totally sympathize with Matheney on what Kenny G. did to Armstrong's song, I don't think I agree that there is a hallowed ground, an area that is untouchable, for art. Mona Lisa with Moustache is controversial, but enough see value in it (including myself) that it is included in discussions of art. It is fine to say that KG laid a stinkbomb, was full of himself when he butchered Armstrong's song, and isn't good enough to carry Armstrong's water, and I would heartily agree, regardless of which KG piece that might be discussed. But Armstrong off limits, no way.

Excellent, excellent point. After all, Thomas Dekker might not have liked what the Beatles did with "Golden Slumbers."

just to lower the tone -- my husband calls g-strings kennys (kenny g -- geddit?). that epitomises our view of him.

Lower? Lower? I’m not sure it’s possible to lower the tone when you’re already talking about Kenny G. As far as I can tell, referring to underwear during such a discussion can only elevate the discourse somethin’ considerable. I know I'd certainly rather discuss panties than Kenny G any day. (Who, if I'm not mistaken, would be considered "pants" in the UK.)

And so, finally, along them lines, a Kenny G joke what I found in Stephen King’s latest novel, Cell:

Q: What did Kenny G say upon exiting the elevator?
A: Man, this place rocks!

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