What Shapes Our Musical Tastes?

As much as musical taste is a highly personal thing, it’s maybe even more so, a social thing. From what I’ve seen in life, people usually start “seriously” listening to music  in high school, and in making their first musical choices, such as which CDs to buy (when I was in high school, buying CDs…

The Artistic Merit of Art Commissioners / Patrons

Lorenzo de Medici, one of the most famous art patrons and commissioners Lately, I’ve been wondering about art commissioners, those people who pay artists for a certain work, often giving them directions about what needs to be done. The thing that really makes me curious is why they get so rarely mentioned, why their role…

Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is a great thing for humanities

We live in a period in which humanities are increasingly seen as redundant or irrelevant, especially in comparison to STEM disciplines. At the same time we can see the tendency of dumbing down of everything in society, especially television, music and popular culture. The world of politics is not an exception to this rule, which…