Sunday, May 03, 2015

People reveal themselves in writing about music

Composer Michael Berkeley celebrates his long-running BBC Radio 3 programme Private Passions in the Guardian article seen above. In his eulogy Michael Berkeley includes links to Overgrown Path posts praising the Private Passions programmes in 2005 on which Harrison Birwistle and David Hockney were guests. But he does not link to my 2013 post which reads as follows:
I used to be a big fan of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions programme which Michael Berkeley presents, and in the past have written here in praise of it. But the programme has fallen victim to the BBC’s ‘dumb or die’ policy and now features Berkeley indulging expendable media celebrities whose tastes in music are more Radio 2 than 3. Which means I - and probably a lot of other people - no longer listen to it. Is no one prepared to oppose dumbing-down?
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