🗨" SONGMASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: BETWEEN US, MATERIAL IMBALANCE IS IMMATERIAL. AMONG YOU OR NOT, OUR MESSAGES SPEAKS TO YOU AS YOU. WE ARE AS EXEMPT FROM ACCOUNTABILITY AS YOU, WE ARE AS RESPONSE-ABLE FOR OURSELVES, FOR OTHERS, AND FOR YOU... AS YOU ARE FOR US. "
WE FLANGE the vanity, politicking, and futile warmongering of our co-inhabitants on Sagan’s pale blue dot. As embrightened musicians, we liken our species to being one note in the harmony that is the ‘uni’- (one) ‘verse’ (part of a song)… which due to our being out-of-rhythm with nature, is bound to be a cacophonous and short one (our failure-bound state is why your myriad decaying institutions are frantically re-orienting all systems to put “SUSTAINABILITY” first). Sustained ability for us doesn’t mean sorting our recycling when their world’s industries are the primary carbonators. It’s doing all we can to hard-slam the musical ‘SUSTAIN’ pedal (or synthesized ADSR envelope) to prolong that pristine note of our evolvence. Albeit, focusing on our own part of that note alone as individuals isn’t at an audible volume. We have to do it together.
how, tho? Most of we musicians, venue owners, festival organizers, sound engineers, and audiophiles, save a few of us Davos elites, are left outside this conversation for an opportunity to influence the human agenda shaping our wave. Left to our own devices, we do what innovators have always done to pitchshift worlds…
SUCH AS performing at unpaid charity-benefit gigs to raise money for various singular causes, or going independent to be able to influence society through our music’s messages. FOR REASONS ENTIRELY UNIQUE TO EACH, BOTH ALTRUISTS AND RANDIAN OBJECTIVISTS among us are indeed making impact this way. OUR lyrics cried Freedom, incited Rebellion, invoked the SELF for spiritual liberation, preached Creation, praised Earth, proclaimed Peace, espoused Courage, celebrated Love. YET REGARDLESS, all of our symbols | icons | masks continue to be assimilated & distilled into tokens of consumerism, subverting our vital creativity + future-forward wisdom, because we lack mainstream power. BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER POWER:
⌛TIME. Oh how well do we all make it stop when that metronome click is ours. Alan Moore AND Watts AND Parsons poeticized about the absence of the future and the past in the present. If Oscillation is the nature of our sound, our light, emotions, tides, seasons, economies, & ⌛TIME… we are your escape from it.
(As an aside, some got a bit further and organized global campaigns, like Playing for Change and other collective movements. Their virality still dissipated in the sea of recorded noise, swallowed into Anderson’s ‘long tail’ of content and hidden outside the personalized halls of mirrors made by Pariser’s ‘filter bubbles’ of big data. The civic and civil stability this has earned the world (at a cost) will prove fleeting. Alan Watts had a point about the complexity we are trying to control being beyond us and our AI, ever-needing police to police the police. The best police for us in the current post-fragile status quo is Sting’s Police, sending out an SOS.)
WE KNOW that it is idealistic and fantastical to assume that the above alone will invoke true change. For us to make a LASTING impact on the world with our vocation that wields a primal cognitive medium as sound, one that goes beyond a screech in time, needs new thinking, new feeling, and new ways. And this is why an unprecedented series of personally rewarding and meaningful interplays between we purposeful artists, our followers, inventors, philosophers, policymakers, engineers, and the wider public – starting small and humble, many locales in a moment, growing steady momentum over time – will eventually build-up to a [force-majeure notwithstanding] INFINITE track of EPIC improvisational drops and never gets boring (unlike The Song That Never Ends).
OUR BOLDEN BASS GUARDS THE OPEN SPACE:
whoever vibes is the right person, when it reverberates is the right ⌛TIME, whatever is improvised should’ve been, and when the song’s over, it’s over.