Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Primal Musician

The first musicians didn't have written music. They didn't think in terms of melody, harmony, notes, middle C, treble, bass, vibrato, etc. They had noise makers: rattles, sticks, stretched hides, drums, the voice, and to make music they drew from their feelings.

I absolutely love that idea. They were pioneers of music. Cool, hugh? They expressed themselves with sound and that is such a cool thing for a person to be able to do.

I love being a musician. I play piano, drum set, guitar, baritone, and kalimba. I love it. I read music (something that is very important to musicians now-a-days) and I practice. I will always play music and I intend to make a living off of my music.

I write and improvise music. I enjoy doing this. It connects me with musicians far into the past, present, and future. Singers, guitar twangers, drum beaters, people playing instruments we've never heard of, putting vibrations into the air that express and communicate emotion, stories, thoughts, peace. That's cool.

Its this love for making songs with noise that makes me a primal musician.

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