Corrupting young minds…


I’m currently sitting trying to figure out a way to make Premier Pro work with my computer so I can edit my band’s South By Southwest footage into something that looks like a music video. I decided the best way was to give the computer and Adobe a break and talk about random stuff. I teach a lot of bass students both in my house and at IUPUI. It’s interesting teaching jazz to students who most likely will be musicians but not jazz musicians. They come to learn jazz because they know that it’s the best style to learn to be excellent on whatever instrument they play. I teach both the top and bottom jazz combos in terms of skill level, and what I’ve found is that the real lesson of jazz and of all music has very little to do with scales and rhythms and harmony. In my humble opinion, the real lesson is learning to still love yourself in spite of how you play at the time. How many people feel great about themselves if they know they just sounded really bad? Interestingly, if you can feel good about yourself no matter what, you never have a bad day playing. It’s the freedom from NEEDING to be perfect that makes you perfect. It also gives you the courage to try new things, which is the lifeblood of music. It’s the same kind of courage and desire to be different that made Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Kurt Cobain, and even Lil’ Wayne do their thing, and we’re all better off for it. I think that maybe this applies to all areas of life, not just music. Think about Google as a company: they’re not afraid to lose a bunch of money trying stuff, and that kind of character has led them to practically take over the world. What do you all think? I’m always interested in hearing what other people think about this kind of stuff. Thanks for reading!