Happy Holidays from Greg Henry Waters and Family:
Well, we had a conversation last week in a restaurant
about the ego and music. The comment was
I am now playing egoless music. What a
great comment and idea this is. In the
To move from ego playing to egoless playing is a gift and talent. I believe the great musicians understand this concept and the humble musicians. Most musicians play music for money, and not for the ideal in art or to create a new form of music to give to the world. Because performing is so close to the ego it is very hard to separate the two or to understand the sensitive nature or this situation. Most musicians perform music to please their boss or to please the audience not to please music. Especially I find this in popular music it is all about pleasing the public nothing about pleasing the music. Pleasing the creative side of music is a very difficult thing to do because most people do not have the will to do this. A person must stand-alone and create the music in a vacuum.
Another thing is everybody has such strong opinions
about their music and what is right. I
find musicians can play rock or pop music or swing or
This act of giving to your fellow musicians and awareness of each other is a real problem because in our time we really do not have time to rehearse or work things out to make music that is really justified to stand next to the great artists before us. Who wants to invest in such a situation certainly not a Hotel or Club. So we musicians have to do this on our own if we want to try to create something.
When I was in
Jazz music is when you change the musician the sound of the band changes. (Not so in popular music or classical music)
This is why it is so important to have the right musician. It is a collective art form in many cases. The big bands are more like symphony orchestras where the sound of the band does not change with the sound of the musician. Therefore, it all comes down to support and money to create some new music. In the business world, they call it research and development. The problem with most jazz bands is that they do not approach their music the same way as a classical music group would to get it right.
I was invited here to teach at the local symphony in Shenzhen but that was all make believe. I was invited to teach at the Shenzhen Dance Company which I did for a while but a local official closed down the dance company. I was suppose to be the jazz manager at the True Color Bar but the owner was some kind of local businessman which turned out to be the biggest business comedy of my career. I have a job at the Landmark Hotel but the local booking agent told me to move back to the States. I asked the school I was working at in HK to help me get a working permit and they let me go. I ask you what am I going too do? I do not feel very welcomed here when it comes to working. In fact, it almost seems like I am some kind of criminal for wanting to live here.
I have made few close friends and I have a great personal life here for the most part.
It seems that the business of music is setup to create problems for musicians not help them create. The goal is egoless music. I hope we all can work towards that goal.
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and a new history. The purpose of the
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