[LAU] re Subconscious Affecting Music
gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sun Sep 5 11:55:54 UTC 2010
And harmony returns to the bitstream ...
Louigi Verona wrote:
> Man, this is EXACTLY what I am talking about. Exactly!
> On Sat, Sep 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM, david 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:
> 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.
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