17 June, 08

A good singer does not have to live what he or she sings.They are a vessel of communication. If they are doing their craft right, they should be able to get the writer's intent across to the listener.
Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra were exceptions. They personally experienced many things they sang about taking it to the highest level of communication. They made it sound like they were singing directly to you - this is art!
When a modern day songstress sings 'Willow Weep For Me' (Gershwin's gift to Ann Ronell), chances are they have never been so lonely as to sing to a tree. This is an abstract lyric with a gorgeous melody. Does one care what the song is about? Lost or unrequited love is never mentioned in the lyric. The message is clear - pain! Having a great voice alone does not make you believable. You can still miss your target audience and fail to connect.

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Comment by Barbara on March 16, 2009 at 9:31pm
I'm with you on that Cy well said. Kind regards BJ

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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams

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