I woke up this morning and started listening to yesterday's library finds. Blue Highway a blue grass band was first up in my computer. While I was waiting for my old piece of junk to start up I read the CD Jacket. I know the job of the jacket is to sell the CD, however I think the writer of the jacket made some great points about music in general.
"As a member in good standing of the Church of Bluegrass,
I believe that perfection is attainable in this life. It's rarely
encountered, granted-just often enough to keep faith alive.
But when one does find perfection, in a band or a recording,
it's hallelujah, people, and crank up the volume."
If you talk to professional musicians of the highest caliber, you will find when they talk about why the chose music you will encounter vocabulary like, divine, sublime, ethereal, etc. They talk about early experiences while listening to music or early performance with phrases like "the music just spoke to me." They are talking perfection. You will encounter people that talk about the rush of performing. Musicians all talk about music in different ways, but the fact of the matter is we were all touched by music and we are all looking to recreate that feeling of "perfection."
Perfection means different things for different people. I would direct you to previous blogs about technique and musicality. But, discussion is usually confusing. The only way to really know what I am talking about is to experience it. That means listen, go to concerts, practice yourself, it means being a part of the quest for the perfect sound. Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on Nature he discusses how useless language is to describe Nature, because that language has nothing to do with Nature. The same thing goes for discussing perfect performances, words cheapen the experience.
Jon Hartley Fox, the writer of Blue Highway's CD jacket for the CD Marble town has more insight.
It sounds odd to say of a band that has been around for
ten years, recorded six critically acclaimed albums, earned
a Grammy nomination, topped the charts in Bluegrass Unlimited
and won a combined 11 group and individual IBMA awards,
but I think Marbletown will be the album that takes
Blue Highway to that proverbial higher level.
I know lots of young musicians that have grown frustrated with playing in ensembles. But look at this band 10 years of playing together, 10 years. That's a long time, and I am sure most of them had a great deal of experience before they formed a band. The quest for the perfect sound is a life long goal. Patients is a quality that youth lack, but I think it is necessary to be a great musician.