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newsletter came out of my experiences dealing in a new culture and a new
history. The purpose of the newsletter is to provoke serious thought
about musical art. What is it? Where should it be going? In
addition, what is going on in
I am a creative artist living in a world
that only reproduces mostly music that is commercial. I think
Here in Shenzhen is really an experience
in human relations on a new level. The Mayor has been telling everybody this
last week all the citizens of Shenzhen do not have any culture. Wow, I have
been experiencing this here too but could not put it in those words because I
am so new here. I come from NYC the place of many cultures. I look to the
new comers here has brave and adventures people to work here in
I wrote a paper many years ago called The Dark Age of Music because creative people were only allowed to create in the dark or in their bedroom not at Sunday morning service like Bach did. I was in the most developed all around city in the world so people say and I could not find any creativity at earning a living. It was all based on the commercial community (earning a living). It seems that history does not repeat itself but goes backwards. For me music has gone really backwards when it comes to music like Bach's. I am recording these small groups songs instead of with a live orchestra. I can do nothing else.
Trying to be creative makes life so
complicated because people just want to hear the melody especially here in
China, or Shenzhen, is very confused now because they want talent but they do not want to pay for it. For some reason they have so much problem making a deal and keeping their word. It is worse than
The Hk China relation problem is really out there. Two systems one country. I think both the
The good news for
I learned in
Many years ago I decided I would not play sessions anymore except maybe for a small audition so guys could here me play.
The Music Business has nothing to do with the purity of ART MUSIC.
I am sick of the racism, commercialism, politics, and everything
that has nothing to do with music in the States. The David Lettermen Show
is a good example of all this for me. The sad thing for me is that for
the most part everybody looks to the States for leadership. If
I can be a strong voice here or in the States too for music that would make me
happy. I am trying to do that but do not know if it will work
maybe they will reject me like they did in
I am trying to practice everyday and trying to be a performer on some kind of level anyway. Trying to get my tone back on my instruments.
The HK scene seems very small and a small group of musicians. They all seem very nice and love their music.
I asked a lot of musicians to form a band and create some new group but everybody is too busy and has no interest.
And opinion: Still waiting to hear something positive. It seems when they say some things positives (my employers) it turns negative again or no action just meaningless talk. I hope I can learn to deal with this! I am not doing so well.
The problem with Shenzhen and maybe all of
Here in Shenzhen the mayor says the people
here are not cultured; "we really lack cultural development." The
people here in
I fixed up the sound files on my site yesterday and changed the page. I got 48 files there now. Maybe someone will listen to them? You know that the files I make here on my computer sound better than the files I did in the studio with musicians some of the times. It is amazing for me. So I am really happy about that at least I can show what I can do on my level to some degree even though the sound is not real studio quality. I got a good sound out of my soprano sax yesterday, though.
I talk about music now is the chance for you to give your opinion by listening
to this music. All this music was recorded in
I got e-mail from Ben Pellitier yesterday and he said, "I hope you find what you want to do."
I have always admire J.S. Bach; I said, I never have even come close to his life style and creating music every week. We are living in the dark age of music compared to Bach's opportunity to create music every week and earn a living for his family.
Bach had a captured audience. The listener did not go to Bach and say I like this song or I like that song they were in Church. They had to sit there and listen. This was not the ego talking, but this was God talking to them saying listen to this music.
Every time I play a tune for some one they have an opinion they just cannot listen. Wow, it took me 51 years to figure this out sometimes I think I am really stupid. With all the 'smut' in the world and egos floating around no wonder we have all this mediocrity. If I hear another pop rock ballad or country ballad with the same harmony and rhythm on tv i want to (but don't) throw the tv out the window and scream. isn't there any one in the world that realizes this music is junk? it is created for the mass market of a 13 year old and we all have to listen to this crapola as my friend would say.
This has made me realize my goal is to create music every week. I have always fell short of this goal completely and it always has made me depressed about it. How can I be a real composer if I cannot create on Bach's level?
But he did say there is no culture in
The word of the day is my frustrations comes from the fact that I have to sponsor my own art and support my family with my own money as many creative artist do in our time.
But I never knew this was making me so
crazy really. Going to
Sorry if this letter has no meaning to
you. Just thoughts on trying to be creative in an age where there is only
commercialism. the music I heard on the Oscars
had no creative meaning for me just another example of complete
commercialism. Where was Woody Allen? To him, the Oscars are just a big
advertisement to make more money. Not having any real value. Henry
Miller said, "money money
money money and more money
people do not know they have an inner self." Now you tell me how the
public can decide was is real value? The public has such low standards
when it comes to creative art in General. The Mayor of Shenzhen is so
brave in stating his case. The
Greg Henry Waters
Artist of Music and Raja Yoga Master
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