Rough And Ready?
MartinPacker 11000094DH Visits (1989)
A couple of items from the world of music caught my attention recently - and there's some commonality between them:
Of course I have both the Foo Fighters album (Wasting Light) and Beyond Magnetic. I thoroughly enjoy them and their roughness in no way detracts from the value I get from them. In fact both these comments surprised me.
Now granted neither Foo Fighters nor Metallica are known for their subtlety. But they are known for being amongst the best bands active today.
There is of course another band of exceedingly high effectiveness: Queen. Now they are known for their subtlety (mostly). But they've not been all that active for many years - for obvious reasons.
It turns out there's quite a lot of stuff in the Queen vaults that never officially saw the light of day. The suggestion is it's unfinished and therefore not to be released. I, like many other fans, have heard some of this. We tend to think most of it meets our releasability criteria. Take for instance a song called I Guess We're Falling Out. If you listen to it it's clearly unfinished but absolutely exquisite. Now whether it should be released finished or unfinished is a good question. But I think it should certainly see the light of day.
Now this post isn't just a rail against Queen Productions. It is that but it's also about the wider point:
When is something good enough to see the light of day?
I'm obviously not advocating shoddy work - and none of these three examples from music represent that. But sometimes throwing something Rough And Ready (the title of this post, complete with pun) out there is the right way to go. And sometimes it's not.
This post isn't profoundly philosophical but it's an area I did some thinking about over the holiday season. This time no new code of any value emerged from the holiday. But this and a couple of other lines of thinking did. Maybe I'll post about those soon.