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 In the past, our musical culture secured foundations in our heart, Home, Ceremonies and Events. The common practice of total harmony unites performers and listeners in a shared language. People play instruments with an intimate sense of belonging to the music that they made, just as the music belonged to them. Music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion and the forms of good manners.

Regrettably we no longer live in that world. Most of the music instruments we play today emerge from digital machines, controlled by buttons that require no musical culture to be pressed. For many people the young especially, music is a form of solitary enjoyment, to be absorbed without judgment and stored without effort in the brain. The circumstances of music-making have therefore changed radically and this is reflected not only in the banal melodic and harmonic content of popular music, but also in the radical avoidance of melody and harmony in the modern rhetoric. It is precisely the absence of good philosophical reflection that has led to the invasion of the musical arena by half-baked ideas. True artists are not the antagonists of tradition but its strongest advocates. They belong to the future because they are guardians of the past.

Ngoesina iloegbunam.

 

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