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A Week In The Musical Life: Matt Cibula

By: Matt Cibula
2005-03-21



Posted 03/21/2005 - 09:17:10 AM by MoldyMan:
 wow thats really interesting. NOT!
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 11:31:16 AM by JoshLove:
 Can I borrow your kids for next year's tourney?
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 12:10:45 PM by Amandalucia:
 When was the last time you asked yourself "What did that music writer feed his kids for dinner? How did he prepare it?" This is magnificently, unrelentingly boring!
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 12:52:13 PM by :
 While I can't comment on the relative boring-ness to particular reader's tastes, the point of this continuing series of articles is to chronicle how different writers from the site experience the music that they listen to and review, highlighting the fact that we all do it in completely different ways.
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 01:07:56 PM by Amandalucia:
 At the risk of getting blacklisted or egged for questioning your editorial direction, a nagging question remains: do people read this publication to find out what processes the writers employ/enjoy/endure in order to do their work (namely, writing critically about music)? I don't read the newspaper to find out more about journalism, and I guess that's what bothers me about this article as a headline feature. I can only speak for myself when I say that I read the articles on this website to find out more about music. Likewise, I speak for myself when I say that I'm not terribly interested in the writers themselves or what they eat for dinner. Maybe your other readers are. To them and to Matt Cibula (a perfectly nice fellow, I'm sure) I apologize for ranting. I appreciate the availability of this comments section and don't want to abuse it. In this instance, I felt overwhelmingly compelled to say something and explain why I bristled.
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 01:31:14 PM by mattmc387:
 I actually liked it a lot. Things everyone does, but rarely talk about.
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 02:42:13 PM by ieatseeds:
 I love stuff like this. What music we listen to and what motivates us to listen to that album or this album tells shitloads of info about a person. If someone listed their favorite bands and they matched up exactly with mine, that list would mean nothing without the memories the events and the feelings that surround those tunes. I don't know. Great idea. I'd like for every reviewer to write one. Now.
 
Posted 03/21/2005 - 09:41:24 PM by Liarbythefire:
 I LOVE stuff like this too. I would love to see all the writers at Stylus do this too.
 
Posted 03/22/2005 - 05:02:49 PM by MacGee:
 Nicely done Matt, and at times it even reminds me of Eno's 'A Year with Swollen Appendies'; high praise from me. The minutiae of modern life never seemed so vital.
 
Posted 03/23/2005 - 12:19:36 PM by mbloodyv:
 "The minutiae of modern life never seemed so vital." give me a break.
 
Posted 03/23/2005 - 12:34:52 PM by MoldyMan:
 yeah i could tell everyone the boring details of my exhistance if u want. but i doubt it'd be vital. not to anyone but my self.
 
Posted 03/23/2005 - 03:47:40 PM by MacGee:
 Fair play, Moldy and mbloodyv: you didn't get a lot out of this. But i) Moldy, you've already expressed your opinion once - you're in danger of sounding redundant and ii) some of our readers did indeed get something out of this article, as the comments here show. ps I stand by 'the minutiae of modern life', as wanky as it sounds. Matt's carrying on a grand tradition that includes Raymond Carver, the Italian neorealists, and even Jarvis Cocker's lyrics for Pulp: the ability to make us look twice at actions that we take for granted, and in doing so see them in a new light.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 11:27:13 AM by hunky_dory:
 To all the detractors of this column's concept: How many blogs to you read? Of those blogs, how many acutally have anything 'important' to say, and how many just pore over the retarded minutiae of daily existence? I agree with MacGee. If we don't pay attention to the details or 'look twice,' what's the point?
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 12:06:10 PM by Amandalucia:
 I see your point about blogs -- and it reinforces my argument that the internet has a stunning capacity for sustaining massive amounts of navel-gazing. It's exactly what makes sorting through the writing on the internet so time-consuming. I guess I'm probably old-fashioned in my love for verbal economy and singularity of purpose. The articles I enjoy reading are the ones that teach me about something I didn't know about before -- The Sound of Young Scotland, for example. That was dense, informative and interesting. If readers have the time and the patience for the type of introspection contained in this diary series, bless their hearts.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 12:34:17 PM by MacGee:
 There's some good points being made here, both for and against the basic concept of this column. But I have to say, Amandalucia: comparing this to Todd H's (excellent) 'Sound of Young Scotland' is all swings and roundabouts, in my opinion. This is a resolutely non fact-based first-person account of the context under which music is heard and experienced: not an article 'about' a subject. In it's own way, it's 'about' nothing. But it's also about everything. Remember the pitch for Seinfeld?
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 12:45:42 PM by Amandalucia:
 Ah, but McGee -- that's precisely why I didn't/don't watch Seinfeld. Anyway, I see now that I'm in the minority. This has been a good-natured debate and I appreciate being allowed to participate in it.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 01:19:56 PM by hunky_dory:
 You don't watch Seinfeld, Amandalucia? Are you insane? I don't think I can be cyberfriends with you. I'd use an emoticon here, but I'm against them.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 02:18:09 PM by MacGee:
 C'mon Amandalucia: not even one ep. of Seinfeld? But kudos for you for putting your point across well.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 02:24:35 PM by mbloodyv:
 MacGee....it's not that i don't like the concept (i admire Carver, Cocker, The Streets, Dos Passos, etc), just not this particular one -- it is sadly a snooze. Check out Southall's "Week" feature, which i remember enjoying.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 02:34:48 PM by MacGee:
 MBV: yes, you like the concept: good. But, in the grand words of The Moz, I think that its because 'it says nothing to you about your life'. I'm getting on a bit, and I recognise the life that Matt describes. Perhaps you'll like the next installment in this series more.
 
Posted 03/24/2005 - 02:38:48 PM by Amandalucia:
 Ok, so I have watched an episode or two of Seinfeld. Enough to know that I'm not thrilled by it. Has anyone read "Something Happened" by Joseph Heller? I had a similar reaction to that book. It's very well-written, fully characterized, yet I found it painfully boring. I guess considering my aversion to the literature of the mundane, I should have known better. Coincidentally, I tend to like songs whose topic leans toward the mundane. Particularly when they're written by Ray Davies and only last 2.5 minutes. Anyway, truly bad art doesn't inspire such lively debate, right?