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Evaluating Music and Musicians--------Part 3 

Music is often called the universal language. Let us compare how we think about a musician and how we think of a poet. Could you imagine a poet who was illiterate? He certainly might make a few clever rhymes, but his lack of vocabulary would limit most depth of expression. Poor spelling and limited language skills would handicap him even more. Not being able to write things down would even limit his ability to remember and organize his thoughts. Would colored lights, make-up, tattoos, a stage or designer…

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More Thoughts about Music and Drumming Part 2 

....A family member of mine, an engineer, about 30 years old, just returned from a concert. I asked him if the group was good? He said, "They were great....you could feel the heat from the fireworks in the tenth row!" I was appalled, what did that have to do with the music?

Obviously we were not communicating. He was listening with his sense of touch! People also listen with their eyes and confuse musicianship with entertainment. 

If we are going to improve as musicians, drummers and as an audience we…

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Comments on Music and Drumming Part 1 

To better ourselves as musicians it is important that we develop a system of judging ourselves and others. In a perfect world we could study every player, listen to every piece of music, read every music book (even those out of print), watch every video and of course read every issue of DownBeat. We could glean something valuable from every player (after all they are all children of God). However, it is not a perfect world. God created some real jerks! Ignorance is not only bliss but it is abundant and…

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I am looking forward to hearing from all of you.

From time to time I will post some thought provoking item about music for you to think about and I hope you will contribute your ideas and thoughts as well.