Morgan Craft – For the love and return of Music

For the Love and Return of Music.  By Morgan Craft

Music has been sold out.  Finally this elephant in the room will be talked
about and acknowledged, so let’s not waste any more time.  I believe that
the state of music today is the worst in history, full stop.  There, I
said it.  Can’t you breathe a little easier now that we’ve gotten that out
into the open?  This is not a new development.  It’s old news in fact.
We’ve allowed ourselves to be led into a cul-de-sac and diverted from the
truth; the truth that music, or the essence which animates great music,
has almost completely disappeared from the landscape, the same as the
Mekong giant catfish or golden headed langur.  And yet we all still carry
the memory, deep in our subconscious, of times when music was not just a
diversion but an actual force which could lift us above the mundane or
confusing world around us, a music that resonated in our souls.  All of
our debates about the collapsing industry are keeping us from what we
really want to say but don’t want to admit.  Namely, that the music of
today doesn’t inspire us.  It doesn’t carry with it that dimension of
wonder and possibility.  We’re all responsible.  We all sat back and
watched as certain forces systematically narrowed and flattened its higher
potentials.

What is music?  Music is emotionalized sound.  Music is energy.  It can be
used as a weapon or it can be used to heal.  Sound is the result of that
mystery of mysteries, existing independently of us as much as the stars in
space.  Emotion is the result of the human experience.  So the source or
nexus of music is midway between the human and the divine.  Without our
emotional engagement, sound remains ordinary, even dull.  Wouldn’t you say
there is something intrinsically unique about this art form?  It is
invisible, and its ability to cross borders remains unparalleled.  These
facts alone should alert us to the special qualities of emotionalized
sound.  Is there a limit to what is possible through music?  Has
everything been heard?  My feeling is that we’ve only scratched the
surface and that this period in history will usher in a new sonic approach
that will help us contribute to this new world.  We need music to come
back to us.  I’ve missed it terribly.  We need it to come back and show us
a positive way forward by filling our hearts with the assurance that what
we dream is truly possible, and more.  But what will it take?

If music is to be saved it will take a new kind of musician to do it, a
magician of the sonic realm, one who is fully conscious of what is at
stake and what it will take.  This new musician is once again an
adventurer, for the inspiration s/he seeks lives out on the frontiers of
the heart, mind, and soul.  It is a spiritual realm, a diving deep into
oneself in search of that which is real, timeless.  It will require the
patience and diligence of an ox, but it’s not without reward.  The
inspiration uncovered could be seen as a key, spark, or seed that is alive
and in motion, with the musician as go-between, carrying it into the
world.  Once this seed is planted it grows into initiative, which in turn
grows into creation.  The creative person is the properly aligned person.
Creative in all walks of life, in every pursuit, in every situation.  As
all of the political and economic promises continue to trip, stumble, and
fall short of real change, the inspired individual is the one true
currency.  Without this, all of our oil and gold would be so much black
water and yellow rock.

I feel that music wants to come back, is ready to come back.  It had to
wait for its freedom in order to speak without consequences or copyright
infringements.       But, life works in strange ways.  Perhaps without the
ridiculous demands and foibles of a corrupt, and now moribund, music
industry, we wouldn’t be as hungry and ready to really hear again from our
hearts.  Whatever the case may be, we stand poised to create a new habitat
for this force called music.  And I, for one, am grateful.

 

 

Morgan Craft, a Tuscany-based guitarist. Craft has played with a wide
spectrum of musicians, including experimental composers Butch Morris and
Christian Marclay, guitarists Pete Cosey and Marc Ribot, and improvisers
Daniel Carter and Ikue Mori. He founded Circle of Light Recordings in
2001, which just released his seventh solo album, Absence of Day and
Night
. For more information about Morgan Craft, visit:

www.roughamericana.com

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