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Keeping the music alive

Friday, January 19, 2018

Since I started going to the open stage about a year ago, I've learned much about music.  I don't mean about music technically (although I have learned much technically), but socially.

In many ways, what we do when we play music for each other at an open mic or jam is what people have been doing with music for thousands of years.  It is friends and family and community making some entertainment for each other, and strengthening social connections, and propagating and growing the music itself.  Performing for each other is the root of music, the basis of it, the seed from which it all grows.

There's nothing wrong with commercial music, either that it makes money or in the degree of its polish.  But the money and the polish is not the goal.  Making connections with each other using our instruments and our voices, that is the goal.  A healthy local music scene focuses more on those connections than on an absolute degree of technical skill or marketability, and that makes it accessible to ordinary people, even musicians just starting out, without anyone having to be a superstar.  You can be very old or very young, you can play an old style of music, or an unknown one.  You can be just starting out, or a retired professional.  None of that matters as long as you can make a connection with your friends in the audience.  Because that connection is what matters.

Making those connections is what music has been about for all of human history.  So making them today, in my town, at our little open mic, or playing for a few friends, is carrying on a long and noble tradition.  In a very real way, in a world where most people consume music and few produce it, those who play music for each other are keeping the music alive.  As long as people play for each other, accept each other, listen to each other, the music is alive.

 

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Was born. Lived 51 years without playing anything. Dad handed me his banjo. Here I am.

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