We are all suffering now-it is like a mass catharsis-the last time (and
only time in my years) was JFK's assassination. After that we got harder-and this will happen here to all of us also-so it being the first really threatening and scary
event to happen to all of you in your lifetime it is inevitable that it
shakes you up, even if you didn't have someone connected directly to the
tragedy. (If this was the case, then it is on another level from what I am
explaining here and something I have no legitimacy commenting on. Ladies and gentlemen, life has been thrust upon you-jazz and music seem insignificant!!
With any major sad and distressing event, the psyche needs time to heal-it
never will be what it was before but time DOES take care of all things-the
only event close to this is loss of love and some of you may have
already felt that or will.
It is natural that all the inspiration and energy is zapped at this
point-but the good effect of tragedy in relation to artistic growth far outweighs the negative. For those who feel the depth of what has happened and can personalize it in some way, trying to figure out where they stand in relation to it, this will be a major
growing experience-not something that you hear in the next solo you take
today or tomorrow but in the long run. This is what is meant by character
building and all the great past civilizations have addressed the issue of how to
build character in the young since that is what the future will depend
upon. In our country and increasingly in the developed world, this
training has been sadly neglected. Unfortunately in life, it usually takes a tragedy to
awaken or stir such deep feelings in many of us.
For those of you who are searching for meaning in this and how it will
affect you don't look at the music now-maybe later...I mean much
later!!!! Empathize with the suffering-think about what drives men to commit
suicide and murder at the same time-and why there is so much hatred of
something called a country, even beyond that directed towards an individual.
In my opinion this is a great opportunity for personal growth that will
build character, ethics, principles and the like, which in the end is what
one hears when they listen to a true artist play. It goes beyond the music to
the heart of who we are and why we are here.
Meanwhile cats, play the blues-SLOW and EASY!!!!!!!!
Wed Oct 3 2001 (12:34:24 AM)