My impression having grown up in the Seattle music scene is like every
thing else there are too many people trying to make a living off other
peoples talent and work. This covers all areas of work.
Firstly, I suspect it does. But what I was really getting at is that
it's good to work at things that require effort and skill, even if there
will always be flaws, and even though someone else will always be better
Dalliance? Hobby? Avocation? Passion? Go for it, I say. Go for several
"its", in fact. There's a whole world of stuff to do, and not nearly the
time to try all of it.
The people in that video, with one exception, are far from being "kids".
I suspect they have a reasonably realistic assessment of their own
skills. Were I there with them I might offer a few tips, the fingering
for a Ninth chord perhaps, maybe a suggestion to concentrate first on a
steady groove, then embellish. Perhaps they'd return the favor and offer
a wood-simpleton like myself a pointer or two about planes. But I see no
profit in a blanket slap at their proficiency.
I'm listening to Keith Jarrett as I write this. I am alternately
dumbfounded by how much he can play, and by how little. It's a level of
musicianship I'll never attain. But I'm proud of the music I make, and
I'll get better, partly by absorbing a bit here and there from people
I'm much less far along the path to being a woodworker, but I'm
improving at that as well. And I hope that when people see my results,
they'll be inclined to offer encouragement and specific tips to make the
next project better. That *has* been my experience here, by the way.
(I apologize for an accidentally sent message, with no content added)
Based on what I heard, I went looking on YouTube for a Stevie Ray Vaugn
version (but didn't locate one). Who did the definitive version of the
song? Screaming Jay Hawkins?
On Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:15:43 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
Not too painful. Ashley's cute, so that'll get them gigs. ;)
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy
is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our
creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.
-- Gilda Radner
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