questions for musicians- Justice & Jazz April 2019

questions for musicians- Justice & Jazz April 2019



well when I started playing the violin when I was 5 and really it's just it's my goal to like to like laugh and it brings me joy and so I feel like it's become like my I'm I started playing at the age of eight eight or nine my dad was the saxophonist he had the saxophone business he never really played it he played about three or four times when I was a baby and then after that they stopped playing it so he would have it too sitting in the room and I just like the way it looks it you know like a typical son I want to be like my dad so when I was about four I tried to play but I didn't have the wind capacity to play it so I waited till 8:00 so that s personal factor for me is my father I also started playing the drums when I was 8 years old my first instrument was actually the trumpet in the school band in elementary school and I played each other for like a year and a half or something and a simultaneously was in my classes in school I job all my teachers crazy because I just kind of started using my pens and pencils I started like making beats and rhythms on the desk and like you know experimenting with different sounds and grooves and patterns and stuff on my desk I just like couldn't help just kept doing that and eventually I'm like okay like I need a drunk kid to kind of like work all this out playing on my desk and stuff so I kind of put the chump it down and from then on I started playing the jumps there wasn't I don't think they're saying like say me a moment but I guess from when I was like 5 years old I always knew I wanted to be a musician so that was nice so I'm in Sullivan and I started playing bass guitar and I was 10 years old and for me I was just surrounded by music like all the top my family does music I'm singing now just kind of raised in the environment so that's kind of what made me kind of start tying bass guitar and my uncle actually he played bass guitar ain't over a lot of people like back in the 70s like Al Green and like a bunch of artists so he was one of the people who I kind of admire growing up and stuff like that so that's kind of what started the musical journey for me so yeah my story the next question is will go down all right again and the next question we'll start with a solid at this time ok was you good okay we'll start with Solomon and the question is what is the importance of music in your life or what is the importance of music – since I just talked about the importance of music – you what is what is music to you so for me is and I used music to kind of say why I can't say that makes sense so it's kinda like uh a voice for me and is a lot because I I use music to kind of express like the way I feel is for example say if I'm going through something in life I can really just put it all on the music and I could touch different people through my music weathers through bass guitar or singing or lyrics so just like every day like a lifestyle for me the importance of music such as like limitless form of expression and it just it goes past like what you could express with your words as a human being and it's just it's a very spiritual thing to like get on a Bandstand with musicians there's just there's like unspoken and on tangible the connection or bond between the musicians if all the musicians are like open spiritually to receiving it from other musicians and that feeling is just like the best feeling in the world but once it's like you know if it's if it's there that's if you're connect with the other musicians and the mother apart the other like half of that bond is the audience to make like you could get with it for like the best musicians of the world and play between yourself like in a practice room or something but like it's it only can go so hard there's not people to actually listen to it and connect with what you're playing so for me the feeling I get when there's an audience to play to perform music for that's like that's kind of why am I playing cuz that's also like one of the best feelings in the world to feel like the audience feel feel what you're doing and then and ultimately that leads to healing so that's music is like to heal people I think make people feel good bunch of make people forget stuff if you're sad you know so a lot of different things so that's kind of international a book yeah I think pivoting off of what he just said I agree with everything they said that's what it always for me just kind of say yes it's I think the audience is a big portion of it is privileged to play for you guys it's not just so much self acknowledging as it is for me to play for you and give you an opportunity to forget about everything that's going on you know our tax day is next week am I gonna get that retired and we're not talking about that right now we're talking about blessing people and being connected with God and bringing his message through us do you mean it's all about being the vessel to get you to a healing space and that's really good I mean you know and we have it's also a healing space for us because we're in the practice room practicing we're trying to get to this next level but the ultimate goal is always to give you guys an opportunity and express the message to you guys it's kind of a very uh was the word ithi really did it's a very it can be a very ethereal experience if the musician is allowed to be but like paul said what you said and additionally specifically i feel like music is how I channeled my soul and people and really just you kind of become almost looks like this the entity that can do one thing and everything like at the same time goes down through the broad but it's very very spiritual especially when we can have like an experience like this where we're kind of up here it's like it's lightly impromptu but we're improvising working off each others energy we're smiling you know it's and like you said to like words are very limited and even in describing this feeling can you even begin to try and explain it but it's something that I feel that everybody needs to experience either through listening with through playing because it makes life better yeah to go off of that what the question was whereas music could mean to you so personally music for me as I was growing up and I learned to I initially didn't like playing it because I didn't like the posture I didn't like having to just play strictly classical music I wanted to just do it everything and at that point I didn't want to play as after catastrophe happened and hey I lost a lot of my family members 10 years old I wanted to find a way to Hue and it wasn't the words because it was I mean no therapy was gonna match before me so I took to music and I actually got my spark for music where my passion could see took off so at that point it made me realize that music wasn't just something that rhythm have known actually something like they were saying it's really spiritual and it's therapeutic in the sense that it doesn't only healing you but it can heal people around you and it actually helps them clear their mind in a way so that's what music means to me and I feel like to society or just a general sense music and just be more than just silence as everyone's just saying but it literally heals the soul that's like a movie without anything like sounds and music behind it it's kind of like a universal language and don't matter like if you speak English French what Spanish yeah you can all just understand it like anyway but yeah the last question is will start on this side is name a musician that you feel like everybody in this room should go home a YouTube SoundCloud Spotify Google iTunes just name a musician that you think everybody in this room should know and give a reason as to why everybody should think really important musician up focusing for American music because I feel like a lot of people in this country don't really understand that like America has a classical music because when you think of classical music you think of European music but Bob Mozart that's all classical music to Europe when you talk about classical music and classical musicians in America I think one really important name is duke ellington because he starting in the like early 1920s became a prolific composer and bandleader and orchestra leader if he won't call it and his career spanned from like 1920 all the way to the eighties he was writing new music he was constantly writing new music and the music that he was writing was not only incredible but very good fluent shelf vertical like balance thousands of other musicians and artists in this country at the time it was being composed and a lot of other music we listen to is can be traced back to Duke Ellington me you could even mentor Billy Hart he's a drummer and he's asking he wants he's like how is how is kinship like could you find a link between Kendrick Lamar and Duke Ellington one but is actually like a really good point you you could find links between these two artists so I think Duke Duke Ellington I would say it's a really important figure in American music a musician I did everyone should check out and be aware of okay I will say Bob Marley for me because he you know he spoke about love and basically like how everyone should just like love each other make the world a better place so for me that was really all powerful and he also spoke about like social social injustice and all that stuff and just the vowels to different music like you just listen to it like you feel better you feel like happier so it was just positive vibes from his music for me so if you don't know how what you'd probably do you should wake him up say yeah I'm all say Louie Armstrong it more than just you know the wonderful world recording I mean it's very important to understand that Louie Armstrong shaped a lot of the way that we interpret modern music today he said he kind of to think about Louie Armstrong he's like one of the first she has improvisers and at the time you think about when you are strong when it came from because he came from such poverty and a disadvantage and then he picked the trumpet up and taught himself much of this stuff I mean yeah joking Oliver as a mentor but like he innovated in the 20s I mean he just influenced active music for the rawness all right 100 years later is still important how he plays just as harmonic understanding or how he deals with ideas with Melanie so and I think it's so beautiful like we're all singing for like it really is a universal language where it doesn't matter what disabilities or show the wings you may think you have it's my connection to a kid when he came feeling I feel like he's a really good representation of that most of you so Solomon actually had the same picked so I was gonna say Bob Marley just add to the fact that he he promotes pan-africanism and for those of you who don't know what that is it's just uniting and it's just promoting love and prosperity through just cohorts and also just so like I give you more artists I'm gonna say I want to see a child and that's I mean he has a similar condition to Stevie Wonder I think he's also blind and that's just as right there if you think about the fact that he's blind as a musician in the sense that he's a pianist and he also sings that's just it's really really beautiful art so that's all the questions I prepared I want to thank you again for coming to hear us play music for we hope to do it again soon you got it oh did you guys have any questions the god-willing fitted yes so once again thank you for coming here let's play music and listen to us talk we hope you have a very blessed day and we hope to see you soon

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