On Wed, 22 Jun 1994, George Keith wrote:
> I agree with Clyde. As would Martin Hayes (I think). There was an
> interview with Martin in _Fiddler_Magazine_ that I found quite
> inspiring. He pointed out that music has become so passe in this day
> and age that people no longer *listen* to it. They snap their fingers
> and it's there, in the background of whatever they are doing: driving
> their car, cleaning the house, programming computers, etc.
> Traditional music is meaning less and less to the people that listen
> to it.
Just a comment here about music being on in the background. I can't
say enough for ear-training. I feel like I play music today because my
Mom always had some symphony or pop music on the stereo from the time I
ws an infant til I grew up. I was able to fake an orchestra audition
once by playing an entire section of Dvorak's 5th by ear. I got in -they
thought I was sight reading. Kids who grow up with music all around them
generally have an "intuitive" feel for rhythm and pitch. Ask me if you
want to hear the story about the kid who learned a piece in the womb.
I keep tunes on the tape-player all the time when I'm doing other
things. Then when I hear those tunes in a session, I can usually play
them the first time. When the tape stops it's like the oxygen has been
removed. I have to have my background music like a drug. But hey, it's
learning by osmosis. How can you beat that?
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> > Nowadays, rather than
appreciate the music when it is available to
> them (as it was years ago), they feel disappointed when it's not
> there. How many people on the list out there *really*listen* to Irish
> music? So many people will put it on in the background, while they
> work, read, or what have you--rather than actually sitting down and
> listening to it, or playing it. Because of this, the music loses it's
> natural charm. In a sense, the music becomes just like that $100
> check from grandma that junior gets every christmas. Rather than
> appreciate the meaning of that check, he instead "expects" it, and
> becomes disappointed or angry if it doesn't come.
> With this, comes the necessity of the performer to change his/her
> style to accomodate the listener. If the listener expects to be
> impressed by lots an lots of fast notes, the performer will have to do
> just that, or else the listener will not feel that he/she made a
> worthwhile investment of time/money in coming to the concert.
> Right now, I feel very fortunate that I have the time and environment
> to be able to play every day. I rarely go to concerts, unless there
> is a good likelihood of there being a session afterwards, and I think
> many of the musicians in Chicago are the same way.
> - --Georgi
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