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Originally posted by Jemison
I just had my hubby read this because he knows Maynard and I thought he could give some insight into your example. He wasn't really sure he was understanding what you were saying.
IMHO there is always a hidden message. Maybe not political or conspiratorial in nature, but there is always something in the song that is 'secret' to the person writing it. Never take a song at face value.
Originally posted by RANT
Ah, the special insight of rock stars. Where would we be without their tricky allegory and word play.
It's not just music you know. It's pretty much art, and pretty much the point.
Pick anyone you want to discuss (Shakespeare, Kafka, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John... doesn't matter), the "life" of art is never literal and always hidden in the subtext. Appreciation is in the eureka moment of shared discovery.
But if you just want to consider the subversive elements of literally "hidden meanings" that might be otherwise frowned upon by the establishment, again.. look to truly oppressive times and societies for the most hidden imagery and messages in art.
Shakespeare is an example of a master. Da Vinci another. Indy, Alt and rock/rap so-called subversiveness is pretty lame actually given our freedoms. A pretense, all things considered.
But take a women like
Katherine Anne Porter born in 1890's Texas! A journalist that couldn't even find a forum for her more "radical" ideas like liberation of feminine sexuality.
But through a series of harmless little "Miranda Tales," such as "The Grave," proper Ladies could retire to tea rooms away from Deacons, Politicians and husbands to discuss a southern girl's silly little notions and clumsy journey from innocence.
FYI: She's not really playing hide and seek in that freshly dug grave Pastor Dan.
That's hidden meaning.