" You Got to Be Original, Man! "
We have all remarked when an innocent child speaks their mind and reveals something candid, with no worries about consequences, failure, or judgment that makes us think. We also know there is something envious about that special quality; raw freedom to express with no fears or hang-ups. When a young student drums on a desk, draws on a paper, or sings, sincerity is at its best. And it’s all valid because it’s sincere.
Our attraction to music is a personal one. Sure, there are peer pressures, and multi musical purposes, but somewhere in our hearts we have our own musical tastes. To step forward and play what you feel might be your best move.I feel it’s tragic to not explore music and life through creativity and self development. I respect the ideal of traditional development of needed musical skills but not at the cost of creativity. No one should have to wait some undetermined amount of time to compose something or even think about composing something.Ditto with improvisation. Same with any writing or art. It’s sincere. It’s in the moment.
The path of a true "artist" is a rocky road. It's like walking up wet glass at times but after a while it's fun.It is your business to keep the channel open.You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.You'll note a slow emergence almost imperceptible. it will be something you never forget.
Now's the time tell a genuine story, speak the truth, and someone will appreciate it.It is part and parcel of being an artist.
Keep the channel open, and try your best.You'll learn something special.
The quote at the beginning of this weeks blog was from Lester Young. If you want to hear something original-check out Lester Young.
Melvin Llord (Admin) said:
I sooo agree with this. Peer pressure affect many areas of our life, including the way we play. It is very important to study the legends and our favorite artists, transcribe music, etc. But we have to be ourselves. As important to understand how they played, it is to also be yourself. Who would Brecker be if he didn't do his own thing? He would have been under the shadow of someone else. Some players that have been very unique include Gato Barbieri, Sanborn & Kenny G. Whether you like them or not, they changed the way thousands of other sax players played! Now it's time for us to be original and maybe the following generation will follow us instead! :)
LOVE IT BRO....LOve it.