Background music is the default position. It is no longer silence to which we return when we cease to speak, but the empty chatter of the
music-box. Silence must be excluded at all cost, since it awakens you to the
emptiness that looms on the edge of modern life, threatening to confront you
with the dreadful truth, that you have nothing whatever to say....
I suspect that the increasing inarticulateness of the young,
their inability to complete their sentences, to find telling phrases or images,
or to say anything at all without calling upon the word "like" to
help them out, has something to do with the fact that their ears are constantly
stuffed with cotton wool. Round and round in their heads go the chord
progressions, the empty lyrics and the impoverished fragments of tune, and boom
goes the brain box at the start of every bar....
Just as porn addicts lose the capacity for real sexual love,
so do pop addicts lose the capacity for genuine musical experience.