Definition of the Day 3/20/14 — Musical Illiteracy

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Humor, Music
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MUSICAL ILLITERACY, n. In the United States, a common source of pride among musicians. Its most common manifestation is the hubris of self-taught players who don’t want to “ruin their creativity” through any fancy book learnin’, the theory being that the less you know the more creative you are–if you define “creative” as being stuck in one musical rut for a lifetime.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

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