In these times, we all have access to an immeasurable amount of information that includes all kinds of art. We are exposed to commercialized trash via the television on a daily basis, and the younger generation is force-fed whatever the marketing strategies decide; one of the problems when it comes to music, is being able to distinguish between true and false, deep by nature or shallow by demand.

Aesthetically speaking, our very ideas about life in general are influenced by the art we seek. If one wants art merely to satisfy a need (like the need for water or food), he or she is easily drawn into what is sold by the media, regardless of artistic value. Consequently, art becomes a product, much like fast food.

If, on the other hand, one wants art to provoke both thought and sentiment, to elevate and entertain, to help and be a companion in the ugly moments, then they've got it harder.

Some time ago, simply getting the information you wanted was difficult. Nowadays, managing the bulk of the information received is as difficult, if not more so.

Many great artists were heralded for being original and innovative. As time goes by, this is becoming increasingly difficult. After all, so much has been said already that one more new voice would better have a hell of an argument in order to be heard, in addition to making that stance accessible to many people at the same time.

So, we must all struggle to develop the criteria that help us choose art. That is the real hard part. When you do it, you better yourself and after a while, you find that one thing rubs off at the other. Refusing to accept something mundane in music helps you to refuse to accept the mundane in everyday life, and that is good.

And even in those cases where you like something like "intellectually sterile" art, you do it by choice. Even a gourmet will succumb to a burger once in a while. But there is way more out there, so seek it.

Playing music should come from the heart. When this happens, it draws others in. Regardless of technical excellence, if a musician really feels and doesn't merely execute a piece of music, people understand it (maybe subconsciously, but they do).

I like AC/DC and I like The Residents. I can tell that they are both true to themselves.

So, in my opinion, being a musician requires honesty in your expression. Expression drives our limb dexterity, it shouldn't be the other way round. You do not create to accommodate technique, you use technique to accommodate creation.

Bye for now,


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