On my drive home this evening, I was listening to Performance Today on the local classical public radio station (WDAV). “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt was on. The traffic came to a stop, and another SUV came up alongside. We both had our windows open. I could hear the rap (or hip-hop, if you will) blasting from his speakers.
And there we had a perfect juxtaposition to illustrate the decline of Western culture. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy rock music, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. But all of those genres have actual musicians, and they create actual music. It’s downhill from Liszt to Led Zeppelin; Liszt to Lil Wayne is falling off a cliff.
I note in passing that this also illustrates the decline of Western civilization, but increased by an order of magnitude.