Greg Henry Waters Newsletter July 2007
Out of the world of
my past came a phone call and a book called the
I noticed a few web
sites and one in particular was Frederick L Hemke’s
Web Site. To me it was important because
he was trying to reach out to people about music. Quote, “In the performance of both concert
music and jazz, the saxophone has become a vital and significant force in the
musical world of the twenty first century.”
Wow I said to myself, here is a man who thinks about music and just does
not use it or play it. When I got to
When I lived in
Fred Hemke said, “For any of you who happen to come upon this site as a visitor, I welcome your ideas, insights, comments, and concerns. It would be good to hear from you! I look forward to hearing from all of you!”
Wow, here is a man who really cares about music and just does not ‘use’ it. After reading most all the bios in the anniversary book I thought I may have an audience for my fight against low standards in music. When are musicians going to speak out to the media about how rap music and other forms of popular music are destroying our children minds and behavior? Why are musicians so helpless in saving their jobs, talent and inspiration?
The media is killing instrumental music like it is nothing. Doesn’t this get you upset? As far as I know Fred and I are the only one’s who support this issue publicly. http://www.fredericklhemke.com and http://www.greghenrywaters.com
Gore’s Planet concert was all Rock’n Roll. The political leaders have very little culture and only use music for their agenda and make us into prostitutes. You people all have culture for instrumental music. For the life of me I do not understand why no one stands up for it? Especially people making a living at music, they go as low as the music goes.
In 1968 I graduated
I have been watching
the killing off of our music since that time and many of you have too. I recently spoke with Jim Robak
a lover of big band music and jazz who had an outstanding career in LA. (By the way Jim gave me an opportunity to perform
by first paying gig in
My own daughter, 16, is a rape lover. I can do nothing to educate her about real music. This is not acceptable to me. Is it acceptable to you? She is more apart of the black culture than the white culture. I believe rape is an attack on the white culture and we are not fighting back. We just let what goes on go on. I ask myself, why are we not fighting back? All the news media, entertainment industry and music schools support this. Have we gone off the deep end? Do we not demand standards? Oh, I know people will tell you that rape music is art and that these statements are racist. Well folks, I do not want to act like a black person who promotes rap. Is that my right or I have no rights anymore. Is Gore the standard in music? Are we going to allow it? I am not, but I can do nothing by myself.
I have been trying to
speak out ever since my lecture in
My purpose in writing this letter is to inform you that I hope you have the courage to speak out for instrumental music, for that is who you are in many ways, voices of music.
Just like the cancer
society speaks out for cancer we must have a group that speaks out for American
Music. One thing I loved about the Elks
band is when we performed compositions written by Americans like
I cannot come to the event because I do not have the money. After 55 years of continues effort in this field. You see, my reward is only the joy of music.
Jim Stiewe wants to setup a web site. I say set up a lobbying organization for American Instrumental music or performing artists against low standards in music. Just like other organizations do. What is wrong with us is my question? Why do we not really care about our music? Why cannot we work together more? What is going on?
When I was in
As Fred said would be glad to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org 917-529-5915
Read an exciting Reply by Musician Artist Dale Turk, NYC 2007 Trombonist
Greg Henry Waters Artist of Music and Raja Yoga