I have been doing a lot of thinking about how people receive and appreciate art and music lately. This has all stemmed from somewhat of a frustrating feeling that I have had in myself at the idea that as a jazz musician, it often seems like only a handful of people are even interested in checking out what you're doing. I could be wrong, but it seems like in general it is difficult for a lot of people to listen to music that is out of the boundaries of pop culture. My guess is that many people don't take much time to develop an ear for listening, and a music like jazz that requires an open ear becomes background noise very quickly.
I'm getting into dangerous territory here because I am making blanket assumptions and I don't want to convey that as being my main point. My hope is that this topic might be an open forum for discussion for musicians, listeners, or anybody else who has something to say on the matter.
Obviously, no type of music should ever become the end-all-be-all of life itself, so this isn't as much of a "societal crisis" as it is just something that is worth considering. For me, the reason that I play and write music is the hope that I might connect with an audience who is moved by the music. Beautiful music is there to create connections, experiences, and community. I wonder if there are some innovative ways to spark that in people who normally wouldn't listen to jazz or more fringe types of music.
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is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.