And what does that have to do with anything?
Hola a todos. After a performance of a piece in the EU by a major symphony orchestra, someone in the comments wrote about the pride she felt in the conductor being from her country of Colombia. Then someone chimed in with: I’m sure you have pride in your country and this conductor gives great performances in Colombia. (Well, no he doesn’t that I’m aware of).
That’s rank nationalism. Nationalism annoys me and it’s on the rise as el mundo/the world becomes more and more right-wing. An older woman in my apartment building was talking about the building owner and she brought up his wife. She said, “She’s Swedish, you know.” I said: Oh? I thought but didn’t say: No, I didn’t know that or care. Is that important? What does her being Swedish have to do with anything? Then she told me how she was Irish and that the Irish love potatoes. (roll eyes) I suspect I’ve known some Irish people along the way — never gave much thought to it really — and they never mentioned anything about potatoes. lol. I’m surprised she didn’t say, “And you know Greeks break plates!” Sigh. Oh lord, where do people get this nationalistic caca?
Nationalism is often promoted by a certain generation known as “the greying audience” in the classical music genre. Nationalism is as brainwashed into these people as generational anti-ethnic brainwashing/racism, sexism, misogyny, chauvinism, and other negative “isms” and phobias. Similar to the people who use pejorative terms such as “rice burner” to describe Asian-built vehicles. Not that the language ever disappeared, but I’m seeing the language “Third World Country” more frequently these days. There’s only one world that we all live on, so how can there be a “third world?” I guess no one has ever thought of that. The outdated and pejorative language “Third World Country” is from the Cold War Era. That’s how outdated it is, but whenever anyone wants to dump on or put down a poorer nation or developing nation they don’t call it either of those. They feel they must call it a “Third World Country.” I once taught a piano student from Argentina (he was a great guy) and he referred to the dis-United States as “a Third World Country” compared to where he was from, Buenos Aires. I agree. All one has to do is a little traveling around the world to see that other countries — which the US loves to put down — are far more advanced in many/some ways than the US, which loves to chest-beat and pump itself up as “the greatest nation.” (roll eyes). Truly great nations don’t feel the need to chest-beat and constantly tell others how great they are. Their greatness is readily observed from their humanistic actions, not from their terrorist attacks on another sovereign nation, not from their empty words and perpetual lies, not from their bullying and bloviating. Other outdated language that’s making a return is the sexist words “mankind” and “man-made” (instead of peoplekind or humankind or human-made). I’m seeing that sexist, outdated language used by fake-liberals and fake-progressives. (People who should know better!) The same people are referring to the current white house occupant as “President” (with a capital “P” denoting respect; he’s done nothing to earn anyone’s respect). He’s basura.
I thought it was good to see ethnic diversity with a Latino conducting a major symphony orchestra. But other than that, what does his being from Colombia have to do with anything? Nothing at all really. He’s another talented musician on Planet Earth where there’s only one world. Couldn’t we leave it at that as opposed to what little patch of ground on the Earth — called a “country” — that his mother was lying on when he was born?
The reason nationalism is inappropriate here because music is known as the international language crossing all geographic, human-made borders, speaking to people of all ethnic groups no matter where they live or where they were born.
The finest musicians in the world can perform any music regardless of where the music was composed or where the performers were born or live. This reminds me of the outdated “leave Russian music to the Russians.” Why would one do that when I’ve heard some musicians from Brazil and other countries play Rachmaninov just as well if not better than some Russian pianists.
To my knowledge, the conductor they were talking about doesn’t perform or conduct in Colombia. He conducts a major symphony orchestra in the dis-United States as well as this Orchestra in the EU, where he also lives. I bet he has a culture shock each time he travels to the dis-United States.
But I know that brainwashed outdated nationalism will be with us until an entire generation dies off, if not longer because it’s brainwashed into so many people. This is especially true for the classical music genre which in many ways is stuck back decades ago wallowing in their outdated nationalism. So-called “professional” writers and music critics especially feel they must tell us where every musician was born. That’s important, it is? It’s surprising they don’t give us his mother’s grave site address too and what country that’s in and where she was born, since they so obsessed with nationalism! It’s just like their Team Jersey mentality where their devout partisan politics are brainwashed into them, and the world suffers because of it. Chau.—el barrio rosa