Monday, August 17, 2009

"Did you hear me?"

We can all too easily imagine who is asking the question and their tone of voice.

With special emphasis on the last three words, one at a time, it is what I imagine the greatest artist "saying" in every note she plays. It is what the child "says" who plays for us a music they love.

In either case, though we listen, whether or not we understand is a complex matter. Often we don't understand right then and there but only after some reflection, at a distance.

I sometimes think music teachers deliberately structure pedagogy so that they don't feel obliged to listen.