We are so lucky to enjoy our favorite music today almost everywhere we go. We find ourselves devoted to its inspiration and practice. In effect, we worship music because we believe it enlightens and even saves us. But consider the different ways, the cultural norms that developed around the music we love. For a rock or pop, we have drinks, friends, huge volume, wild antics, people dancing and singing along, personalities onstage, humor and social truths, etc.. This qualifies as worship. Often enough we feel some genuine inspiration, but not epiphany.
As classical musicians, just playing well may be fine for traditional audiences— but outsiders demand that we connect in immediately compelling ways as we find in pop-rock. Precision is NOT necessary for them: our job here is showing the masses that they too can experience the same internal adventures and epiphany we do. They just need to listen actively for a time, but they won’t without good reason; a solid glimpse of the potential. Realize that we are not so much in the music business as in the inspiration business through music, and that absolutely everyone deserves this. Public domain means that where the copyrights have expired, this music belongs to all of humanity. We must use it.
A Chinese proverb says, Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I might remember. Involve me and I will understand. So CutTime is going to place the audience we want to come to our concerts smack in the middle of our introductory events. Because when we bring one audience member onstage, the rest come onstage through them. Rather than art-centric, we can at times choose to be audience-centric, to share our license, ownership and perspectives. This is fine arts taken as a means rather than an end in itself.