Well, months and months have gone by and time marches
on never stopping. This is the process
of life as we move forward and backwards at the same time. Sometimes I think things are so wonderful and
at other times I think the world is coming to an end. I believe this is because of different time
movements. Just as a piece of music has
a beginning and ending so do events in our lives. We carry with us all the time these events
and they are written in our soul. I have
been thinking about so many subjects, not so many really, three or four. These are modern day pop guitar music, music
I must say the invention of the electric guitar has
been a real downfall for music. All
popular TV shows and movies use this sound for their background music and the
level of harmony and its development has gone down and down to ever a lower
degree about 90% of the time. Now they
play so loud and the distortion of the sound has reached an all time high with
the tuning of the strings and special effects. The guitar is a beautiful
instrument without electric, it cannot replace the big band or the orchestra
the two most important groups in western music.
You know, since, I have been recovering from my illness I have time to watch TV and listen to local media. Sometimes I get physically sick from this listening and watching. I wonder what it does to the uneducated and the (educated) ignorant? I only think it makes them become helpless victims to their own unreality. The time zone we all live in a time zone or history of when we were born and the events of the day and how they effect life. The circles of ideas and history I call it. All over lapping with the other and none are living in their own reality. Having lived in three or four families I have learned that my reality has nothing to do with some of the closes people in my life. I am sure we all experience this and pretend not to notice it to same our own illusions.
Even my own music is not related to popular systems of
music. I was listening to my Christmas
Album today and I noticed it doesn’t sound like traditional Christmas
The development of a real musician takes 30 years. Why does society have so little respect for the trained musician? Why are there so many educated musicians out of work when all you hear around you is music, music and more music? I was at Alice Tully Hall, which is a beautiful room for music and sound, listening to Juilliard Orchestra with three student conductors. I have always asked myself how can you teach someone to lead? I always thought that some things in music cannot be taught it just must be there like your leg, arm or eyes are there.
The conductors all looked good, acted like conductors, but only one had control of the orchestra. Now what is this magic all about? What is the music? What is the style? What was it? Well, I think it was the ability of the orchestra in relationship to the piece of music and the conductor. You see, I learned many years ago one could compose a piece of music but to get someone to play it is another story and is another art form. You sometimes have to compose a piece that the musician can understand. One is really not free to compose in complete freedom. Poor musicians are in an environment that is controlled by other musicians who are full of prejudice and forms of musical historical ignorance. One is not allowed to be creative because of musician peer pressure. It is really an impossible solution to create music.
I read something really funny for me. The Juilliard News reported that they are going to help New York City Schools improve their instrumental music programs. Well for me this is a complete joke because the New York Public Schools took out instrumental music some 35 years ago and left vocal music and general music classes. Now we have rap music because of it? Thank You, New York Public Schools Directors and your lack of knowledge and complete ignorance when it comes to the power of music.
The kids really played a joke on you with their rap music. I hope you are happy now directors, you leaders, of education or is it leaders of ignorance I would rather say.
Some years ago I was promoting my non-profit
organization to perform concerts in the school in the public school system here
using all professionals. But the
Anyway, how can the student of music become a real professional and not just live in the peer pressure world of society? I really do not know I am just bringing up the subject if anyone cares to read and listen.
Anyway, words for thought and hope of a more creative world rather then this dark age of music. Rap and Bach, what do they have in common? What does the guitar have to do with Bach?
Electronics does not change the values of music only the sound. What a joke on music the electric guitar!
What can I say to get anyone’s attention and have meaning and change in our society? I do not know! I can only write and try to destroy some of the powerful forces of music ignorance.
Sincerely, Greg Henry Waters