The Elitist, Exclusionary Attitude - Classical Music's Biggest Enemy
The Elitist, Exclusionary Attitude - Classical Music's Biggest Enemy

<p>When I first started inviting other musicians to join Bach in the Subways &ndash; to try and spread the Bachlove as much as possible! &ndash; the question of who we should "allow" to join us came up. There were serious arguments against "letting" non-professional musicians join. Some felt it would hurt the artform by making a bad impression on audiences.</p> <p>I always found this argument absurd. Does watching little league baseball ruin the experience of pro baseball for fans? What if you went around the U.S. trying to stop kids from playing little league in an effort to save and preserve the art of baseball? How sane would that be?</p> <p>More importantly, would this actually help baseball? Of course not! It would make young baseball enthusiasts feel alienated from the sport &ndash; it would make them feel like they weren't good enough, like they weren't invited to the party. And ultimately, after a few generations, society would end up with a lot fewer good baseball players, and very little enthusiasm for the sport, than you originally had when everyone was welcome.</p> <p>The expression "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly" is undoubtedly true. There's not a single amazing classical musician alive who didn't go through being and performing like a student. If you stifle that, you choke off the artform at its very source.</p> <p>The elitist, exclusionary attitude th...

The Meaning of Life Flips as Music's Meaning Deepens
The Meaning of Life Flips as Music's Meaning Deepens

<p>How strange it is that the entire 'meaning of life' has been flipped upside down almost overnight, on a global level. If you'd asked people 2 months ago what was most important, and then asked them now, how many people would have the same answers? So many things that mattered so much before have suddenly become much less important.</p> <p>And yet... music remains. Not only does its meaning remain &ndash; it deepens! Go listen to your favorite piece. Sit and really give yourself time and space to inhabit the world of the music. I bet you'll find that in these strange times, these worlds of music have become more vivid, more alive, and more meaningful.</p> <p>Know more about Dale Henderson here:<br />https://dalehendersonmusic.com</p>