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Not all musicians are dullards

SEATTLE, Washington - One of the reasons that I have a zillion times more respect for books/authors than music/musicians is that good writing requires intelligence. If you read a really well-done novel, you know without fail that it was written by an intelligent person. There's just no way around it. I'm an intelligent person and I appreciate accomplishments that require smarts.

There's no such requirement for being a skilled or successful musician - you can see from interviews that many accomplished musicians are manifest idiots.

(And don't come at me with the "there's different kinds of intelligence" crap.)

But we have a Highly Intelligent Musician sighting! The PhD thesis of longtime Queen guitarist Brian May has just been published. This is not a thesis in basket-weaving, but instead is in Astrophysics. May started the research in the 1970s, took about 30 years off to play the music, and presumably spent a bit of time as the Weird Old Guy Sitting In The Front Row Of Class before wrapping up the thesis in 2007.


Anonymous said...

I really do believe that there are different kinds of intelligence ;)... you said you were interested in sarcasm.

I like intelligence too but we are not all blessed with a quick working brain!

But agreed, when music and intelligence come together it's a beautiful thing.


Anonymous said...

ps. Your Title pic is freakin' genius.

JMR said...

I won't even show you my Lawrence of Arabia picture.