Greg Cox wrote:
One of the things I accept in NuTrek is I believe Kirk is
into "classical" music like the Beastie Boys. I'll take that as cannon.
Yeah, that was a nice touch. The idea that everybody in the future only watches Shakespeare and listens to Bach is silly and vaguely elitist. Glad to know that the future has not evolved beyond rock-and-roll!
Back in the days of Shakespeare and Bach, those were
the equivalent of the hot new TV show and the hot new musicians. And the last time I went to see a Shakespeare play or to listen to a symphony, there was a good cross-section of people in the audience - teenagers to elderly, and relatively few snootily-dressed "elites" were to be seen.
I put in a lot of years studying spinet organ - practicals and theory - and I had to learn a lot
of Bach. Given all the many hours of my life I spent cramming Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and other composers' works into my memory, I like
it when a Star Trek character shares my taste in music and plays.
Wasn't meaning to diss Shakespeare or classical music, btw. Heck, we wouldn't have Star Trek if not for "The Tempest" (by way of Forbidden Planet
). But one wouldn't want to think that the future is so cultured and enlightened that people only go in for highbrow fare.
That they're also into Dixon Hill, "Captain Proton," and the Beastie Boys makes it feel like the Federation isn't always oh-so-dignified and intellectual . . . and that Star Trek can actually let its hair down once in a while!