Throughout June, Nottingham’s art palace the Contemporary will be hosting a series of listening events under the banner American Music Listening Sessions. Most of these seem tediously worthy and unexciting, but on June 23rd, the event presents Heavenly Sounds in Hi-Fi: The Art and Philosophy of Easy Listening, and it’s hard to see how any level of po-faced sociologising and strained subtext-searching could spoil that.
Nick Hefferman, lecturer in American and Canadian Studies (or Film and American studies, depending on which bit of the Contemporary website description you read) will discuss the genre while playing a selection of tunes over two hours, from 6.30 – 8.30. It’s in the Cafe Bar, so presumably you can zone out during the intellectualisation and just enjoy the music over a few cocktails if you prefer. And it’s free, so if you are in the area, there seems to be nothing to lose.