….like opera singers…like son house…
On one of your cartoons you wrote, “Music is the soul of human society”: care to elaborate?
I don’t know where I got that idea. It’s something to do with the ear, how we respond to sound, it’s very deep, deeper even than the visual response, it’s something to do with how we respond to harmonic sound, that it can reach something so deep in us. To me, the buying and selling of music, what they’ve done to it is a disaster on the scale of cutting down the rainforest. It’s horrible what they’ve done… took it away from the people. You hear people say “I can’t sing, I don’t have a good voice.”
Who has a good voice? What they mean is they don’t sound like a slick professional they hear on the radio and on CD. It’s just professionalism and training, like opera singers. People have lost confidence in themselves to make music for their own pleasure. They can only see making music as a thing to be a star, to have a hit record. The mass media gods, strutting upon the stage… and people seem to need gods, I s’pose. That’s not going to go away [pauses] but let’s be clear, it isn’t really about music.