Month: December 2017

Music and Voice trump Empty Words

Music trumps language.  Most communication happens nonverbally and words can get in the way.  There is something authentic and revealing about a musician’s live performance.  The sound of an instrument can be pure, moving and real.  But, of course, language is monumentally important.  The lyrics of our music reflect and shape our culture, our politics – essentially what we agree to as a people.  So, unless we are content with the current arrangement, we need to forge new language – new choice of words – and new words altogether. Richie Havens began the first performance at Woodstock with the words,...

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