So reads the first words of Gramophone´s new feature on their website´s homepage. Elementary level foreign student of English grammar aside, and not wishing to sound too self-obssessed, who exactly is this we?, because it most certainly doesn´t include me. I have despised lists and league tables all my life, with their insidious undertones of superiority and inferiority, and their plain stupidity in areas of cultural endeavour. I imagine children who have been held up to public ridicule for finishing bottom of the exam result list, or anyone who has had their sense of self worth and importance as a human being measured by their position on some list might agree, or maybe I am wrong.
The feature continues ¨In the vast world of opera, it is almost impoossible to come up with a credible top ten list´. I couldn´t agree more, with the caveat that I would omit ´almost´ from the previous sentence, so why indulge in such credibility defying nonsense?
So I am curious to know if I am a lone cantankerous voice here, what do other contributors think of lists?
Here´s a few more lists you can add if you get stuck:
1. Top Ten ways to improve the coffers of Amazon.
2. Top ten ways to make Gramophone into a pedestrian publication and rid it of its uniqueness to many customers.
3. Top Ten ways to talk about the same recordings all the time to the detriment of the vast majority of the available catalogue.of lesser known works and recordings.