Re: John Allen mentioned yet again in a current magazine - and a thought about legacy
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Good points all.
As a musician who just wants to create music (I often wake up with a new tune or words in my head and have to work heard to remember them through my morning routine till I can write it down or play it!) I remember something sad my mother said.
The son of a friend was an excellent classical piano player from a young age and his parents were ‘overtly, or overly, proud of him’, my mom said ‘there goes another music teacher’ which really deflated me as I had very few teachers I liked, as a public school student, most tried to kill any desire I had to create anything.
She explained, ‘No one will pay for that, it is not a career, he will work all day in high school teaching kids who don’t care and play in his room at night till he cries himself to sleep alone.’
Well, that is almost true but leaves out the spirit, Art and desire of music. Nothing can stop the desire of artistic expression, even if it means nothing to others.
I will never be a music teacher, not that I don’t want to, I just don’t want to study the parts of music that bore me, if I study music theory and the art of the music of some indigenous people whose locale and language is unknown to me, I will do it because I WANT to do it, not for a degree or some other piece of paper...
So I write my little songs, novels and movie scripts because I want to, they live for me.
I guess ‘teacher’ has a negative connotation to me, someone who INSPIRES is amazing, like John Allen or others who inspire me in the art of model railroading.
Solemnity and profundity are sublime in inequity.
On Jan 26, 2020, at 2:11 PM, Charles Kinzer <ckinzer@...> wrote: