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Why We Need Live Music, #3


Quote From: Ellis Paul’s Discussion Board

Artist and Audience Create the Event?

“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world’s greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.” — Ann Patchett in Bel Canto.

Thanks to Michael Thoma for sending this quote.

I add that music performances are about entrainment rather than entertainment. Whether you are the audience or the performer, it’s the energy between the two that make the event happen. A lot of new performers hesitate, or would-be performers never get up on stage,  because they think they have to be perfect. Yes, having some technical expertise to make it sound kind of good is important, so the audience enjoys the sound, but far more important is the intention of whoever is on stage. For that reason I say,  stand up and be counted as a musician, regardless of your ability.

When I show new guitar players a few chords to get them going, I always tell them the first rule in music is to have fun. The second rule is to make is sound good if you can, just so the cat doesn’t climb the walls. And the third rule is never let a grouchy music teacher, or someone that criticizes you because they don’t get the entrainment principle,  ruin rule number one. More on entrainment in music or sound? For more, read this , or this.

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A Thought for 2010…..

Leadership under sail

“The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The leader adjusts the sails.”
John Maxwell

Thanks to Rhonda Gurney. Keep up the good work Rhonda! Along the same lines,
check out:
New Hampshire Humanities Council‘s Civility Tour.

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A prayer for the  Thanksgiving dinner table or any day.
“This food is a gift of the entire universe — the Earth, the Sun, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. May we be mindful of our actions and the effect we have on others, and may we be grateful for all that we have.”

From a  retreat weekend with Thich Nhat Hahn
Thanks to former MSI board member John Herrington for supplying this prayer.

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“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

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From MSI board member Cindy Heath:
“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English Essayist