[LAU] re Subconscious Affecting Music

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Sat Sep 4 10:42:52 UTC 2010

Man, this is EXACTLY what I am talking about. Exactly!

On Sat, Sep 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM, david <gnome at hawaii.rr.com> wrote:

> Louigi Verona wrote:
>> I agree on a lot of what you say. I just believe that some things are
>> larger than what a person thinks of them. Being a craftsman, having glory,
>> even being aware of one's achievements and getting a contract - I am
>> absolutely not against those things. I am just saying they should be in
>> correct perspective.
> I agree, keeping in mind that they're not mutually exclusive.
>  Today, I argue, many people put money and personality into too much light.
> Even in things that have no connection with art. Look at how many of
> today's basketball players talk - you'd think that before they were born,
> they'd given themselves their athletic abilities!
>  While a lot of those things should be kept personal, like awareness of
>> achievements, not be shown on TV in form of a show where they show off
>> houses and cars.
> Or even a video channel that was founded to show music videos? (Yah, I
> know, the real MTV died a long time ago!)
> I think one should keep in mind that one use of the media is to tell
> people, "Here is my work. Here is my renown." So if you're a traveling
> musician and come into a town to play a concert, it's certainly OK to be
> interviewed by the local radio station, maybe play a few songs and sign some
> CDs at the local music store. One can do all that without going overboard
> into ego and personality.
> Well, easier for some than others! I can't quite picture Axl Rose or Mick
> Jagger stuffing their egos and personalities into a sack before going into
> the interview.
> Here in Hawaii, we have a long tradition of Hawaiian music and chant (not
> that tourist stuff!). At one place where I worked, there was an older (70+)
> native Hawaiian man named Kawika whose job was to distribute and pick up
> interoffice mail. Knew him for many years. He was friendly, knew everyone in
> the large company, did his work, never talked about himself.
> One day someone else in the office asked if I'd heard that his song had won
> a Hoku Award (Google it). I didn't even know he wrote music! It turned out
> that he'd written many Hawaiian songs, and one he'd written for his daughter
> that year had won the Hoku.
> At the same place, for several years, the director of one of the
> departments was Marlene Sai. I worked with her daily for two weeks straight,
> documenting their department procedures, and never knew this about her: <
> http://www.hawaiianmusichistory.com/artists/marlene-sai.htm>
> Another place where I worked, we had a part time worker, a native Hawaiian
> man, who did messenger duties and light maintenance work at various
> buildings the bank I worked for owned. Then someone asked if I'd walked over
> to see his sculpture yet. He'd been commissioned to make four Hawaiian
> sculptures in bronze for the lobby of a large new high rise office building
> downtown! And had apparently been sculpting for about 20 years. That was why
> he only worked part time! He also didn't talk about himself or his
> sculpture.
> Hawaiian culture is that way. You don't talk about your deeds, you don't
> glorify yourself. You have glory when others talk about your deeds. And you
> always have an attitude of gratitude for the gifts/talents you have.
> --
> David
> gnome at hawaii.rr.com
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Louigi Verona
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