The cat of the musical world

Every so often a phrase jumps out at the reader, and a report on Milos Karadaglic in the Economist (30 April 2011). The writer lauds classical guitarist, Milos Karadaglic, whose arrival may signal a revival of the instrument in the concert hall. The classical guitar is ‘the cat of the musical world’, because it has never been ‘collectivised or corralled into an orchestra’. It’s a neat turn on the expression ‘herding cats’ (amusing commercial). If the classical guitar is the cat, what does that make other instruments?
According to Karadaglic, the popularity of the guitar in the pop world is the reason for the decline of the classical guitar – an inverse relationship? Some of the great cats of the electric guitar have demonstrated the instrument’s feline qualities, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, see for example Evil Ways at Woodstock 1969.

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