The Sin of Comparison

I’ve been on a hiatus recently. Hopefully I’ll be back posting blogs regularly from now on…

Yesterday a good friend of mines did something that many people dare to do, the sin of comparison.

This argument as shown is a statement that compares Frank Sinatra as being superior to Sergei Rachmaninoff. Committing the act of comparison is probably one of the most sinful things to do to music. Both musicians are at the top of their game, are renowned as legends who pioneered and influenced the music of today, and are just awesome. It is okay to be biased towards a certain genre of music, but when it goes to the point where it becomes impracticable in a qualitative cause, it becomes no fun.

To make this of better understanding let’s reflect on a quote from Mark Twain:

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug

It is imperative to see then that this is purely ambiguous to start committing the sin of comparison between two things or musicians in their own respected genres. Rachmaninoff hardly muddled into jazz (although much of his Fourth Piano Concerto has many jazz rhythms and accidentals but is considered Romanticism) and Sinatra hardly muddled into classical (although the theme of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – Second Movement for one of his songs) but there is no basis of comparison.

Nobody cannot compare something that is qualitative. It simply cannot be done.



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