I was talking with my dear friend this morning – Mr. Jaz Delorean – who plays in a really cool band out of London called Tankus the Henge (kinda like a UK version of DBRS). We talked about what happened last night, the state of the world, and our responsibilities as artists. Jaz left me with some profound words that I think are very important, and I would like to share that with you now:
“It’s our job as musicians, with a platform, to remind people that the future is in community, looking after each other, acceptance, love and understanding. For those random people who leave the venues feeling a sense of connection and equality through the enjoyment of music. It means something.”
I couldn’t agree with him more. I think it is most important now as we move forward as a human race that we remember these core values:
Without these basic values I do not think we can survive as a species. And I think, now more than ever, that people need role models who embody these values. So, I would like all my fellow artists and musicians to just pause for a second and think about what these things mean to your art and how you can use your art to help unite rather than divide. Let’s make all people who participate in our artistic experiences feel safe and welcome. Let’s make people feel good. Because lord knows we all need a little pick-me-up right now. Ad Astra per Aspera. Your Friend,
Thank you. Those are good things to remember. That’s why we go see so much live music, the community and joy are like no other. Keep on keeping on.
Noah, Thank you for this. I read it to my kids yesterday after they came home from school. Both are musicians (trombone and Sax) and so are we. We all saw you guys in Milwaukee in summer 2015 and were blown away and listen to y’all’s CD all the time in the car. They really took your comments to heart. Keep up the good work. So creative and fun. Cheers from Chicagoland!