Originally Posted by larryace
But really, can music be pretentious? Or is that strictly a human quality?
A human quality I think. Deltadrummer brought up some interesting examples of musical pretension, but is it that or fusion, and where does one draw the line? We as humans can deliberately hide behind facades and put on pretenses, mostly in the quest to present ourselves as greater than we actually are, but always to be something we are not. I don't know that I have ever heard music that is doing the same thing. I'll think about this some more - I was thinking that some of Zappas stuff was along those lines, but changed my mind. His parodies are in the mind. The music itself was a genuine as the genre he was mocking.