The main problem with making is this: individual people are in a certain mood which would require music tailored to that very mood for them to be able to express all they feel and to make the music alive. But they usually play "songs" that are quite far away from their current mood and thus their music is mostly dead.

This assumes that listening to music is something people do with the intention of expressing their feelings.

I'm not sure that's the case; it might be some of the time, but certainly not all the time.

I tend to think the main problem with making music is that our expectations often outstrip our capabilities. This got much, much worse with broadcast media like radio and is *starting* to shift with internet and home recording.

@artsyhonker @reto I've always liked Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s take on this, from his novel 'Bluebeard':

(1/2) “...simply moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world's champions...."

@artsyhonker @reto (2/2) "...A moderately gifted person has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up until, in a manner of speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and tap-dances on the coffee table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers. We have a name for him or her. We call him or her an "exhibitionist." How do we reward such an exhibitionist? We say to him or her the next morning, "Wow! Were you ever drunk last night!”

@artsyhonker to me, expression of feelings is the highest art in music. the highest soul can express the most, then it degrades until we end up with all these countless musicians that can play pieces without the slightest emotion.

I think there is considerable disagreement about that, too. But in any case, why people play music and why people listen to music aren't necessarily the same.

@artsyhonker my wording was probably a bit off, what I had in mind was primarily the person that makes the music. so many people make music but fail to make an emotional connection to what they play. when it comes to people listening it gets very complicated 😜

@reto @artsyhonker i'm not sure that's true either, though -- it depends on someone's approach to making music, including cognitively. it can vary within one person, too -- my approach to piano is very different than violin, for example

can you describe your approaches? for me there's really just one approach: feeling or nothing 😆

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