[Dixielandjazz] The problem with listeners

Dan Spink danspink at dceo.rutgers.edu
Fri Jun 18 04:00:01 PDT 2010

The rant about what kids today do not appreciate or know musically prompted
me to add one thought. Never before in the history of the world have kids
had access to so much music so easily. Music comes alive for each individual
when what they hear makes a connection with their subconscious and not with
some text-book truths they might have read. And it seems to me kids hear
some of best quality music (almost) whenever they go the movies today. Isn't
that some of the best constructed and performed music on the planet now? So
why are we lamenting what they don't know and have not heard? I know that
the last jazz performance I sat down for was a huge disappointment. Five
people were re-creating the same sounds and riffs I had heard performed in
the fifties--over and over. We need to become more meaningful and, as Steve
often advises us, put it out there. Market it.

Dan Spink
Backup piano

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