7/21/2005

The Scourge That Is Melisma

"In the car.
Me: 'Leave it on that station, it's 'Bootylicious.' '
Deborah: 'Please, no.'
Me: 'What do you have against r&b?' Deborah: 'That's not r&b, all that ululating.'

The neosoul movement thinks American r&b is suffering from a dangerous lack of Fender Rhodes electric piano. Nick Hornby and other neocon cultural critics think r&b is a victim of the global underground network of cleavage and drum machines. Me, I think it's melisma's fault. "

Somebody had to say it.

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