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I'll take a snip at Melo's musical experience... As a  listener, he came back touched and transformed to the point he wanted to give back to others what he then felt.
Yet to be a musician capable of transmitting such a level of emotion, you need to train in a technical way, to optimize your instrument, maybe even to pay for it... And even then, when you play, you aren't sure that it works each time (reproducibility as remarked Sven).

well, perhaps i misunderstand your mean of 'snip', but i am in agreement with everything in that statement.

perhaps i would substitute 'listen and learn from people whose mastery you admire and resonate with' for 'train in a technical way'.

playing an instrument is basically telling a story. you don't need a degree in linguistics to tell a good yarn, in fact it may get in the way.

sure technique is cool, but too often substitutes for taste.

there was a poster here for a while, techno was his nick, and i learned a lot from him.

he mentioned that traing horses was a technology, whereas i had thought it a skill. i guess the distinction is pretty fine.

knowing how to shape a chord, or harmonise a line of melody can be learned from others, but that's imitation, and eventually if you want to build your own voice you have to leave those behind.

those seeking your roots will be able to trace them in what you do, and how you do it, but if that job's too easy, you haven't really individualised your art.

for some that's much less important, to be part of a great choir for example takes great skill, but individuation is not the prime motive, though even then it can happen.

i see art as human destiny, it adds the missing 'special' in life, and as a way of respecting the importance of emotion, especially in a world so divorced from its own heart right now.

but arranging flowers, or tidying a room is inherently just as artistic as writing a sonata, it depends on your state of being as you address the tasks.

i must re-emphasise the 'stepping out of time's river' factor. to prioritise making the world more beautiful, when it's already overloaded with beauty already to those with eyes to see, sometimes seems like gilding the lily, veneering a true grain, and this aspect lends a certain cosmic futility to the whole operation, but the payoff comes when your art connects, and someone's life is subtly altered.

for all i know that girl singing at the troubadour was thinking about how she forgot to hang up the wash while she was singing, but the sound did its work of penetrating and melting the armour i didn't even know i was wearing!

the tibetans believe in certain 'seed syllables' and i think that's what's going on, these sounds act like keys to unlock one's own perception.

great discussion, thanks for starting it, sassafrass.

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jun 15th, 2009 at 10:07:00 AM EST
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