Regarding hero worship
After reading Michael English’s new autobiography, David Bruce Murray is having some very serious, thoughtful, and (in the blogosphere) rare second thoughts about his longstanding support for English. Money quote:
I’ve drawn a few conclusions in the past few hours. One is that I was extremely gullible at the time…gullible to the point that I was willing to invest my hard earned dollars based on a principle that was fundamentally false. I’ve always been prone to rooting for those I perceive to be the underdogs, especially if the underdog is a first class musician or vocalist. This has been one of my basic character flaws.
Another conclusion is that fans will project onto a gifted person the image they want to believe, even when there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. I’ve always known this to be true of other people, but I never thought I had given in to it myself to any great degree. However, you can go over to Google and do a Usenet search right now if you like. It shouldn’t be too difficult to locate examples of me defending English in the late 1990s even in the face of evidence provided by people living in Nashville who knew his reputation a lot better than me.
Read the whole thing. The kinds of perils of hero worship DBM writes about are in part why I have always been dubious about making the artist’s sincerity or character the primary basis for my enjoyment of music. But I’m not trying to come off smug or superior here. One thing that DBM’s post reminds us is that there is no easy way to separate the man (or woman) from the music, and that sometimes we get burned.Email this Post