I booked this show happening Sunday at MoMA Ps1 

I booked this show happening Sunday at MoMA Ps1 

Can you feel music more if you are inside of it? As a non-musician of many years it is something I’ve wondered. You don’t have to make music to get it, obviously—in fact distancing yourself from the process, or from the scene, offers necessary and valuable perspective. Even for the most skeptical of non-musicians, the divide between “musician” and “fan” can sometimes make what an artist does seem like magic. But that line is so slim. It doesn’t take much to destroy. Setting the question of technical skill aside, why does one creative person find an instrument or voice, and not another? Are today’s best musical ideas inside the minds of people too careerist for music? What if Patti was like, “Hey Lenny, on second thought, I’ll just read the poems alone…”
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Jenn Pelly on Philly’s First Time’s the Charm fest, November 15, 2013 (via fvckthemedia)

Thanks for reminding me that I wrote this

Flyer by Bryan Waterman

Flyer by Bryan Waterman

A friend recently said to me, “I feel like I should just quit playing music and do something important like being a teacher.” And I thought, “Why don’t you just make your music as important as you think it should be?” There’s no reason you should stop playing music when that’s what you’re really good at and people love it when you play music. Why don’t you make your music do something?
- lilian maring of grass widow in conversation w tobi vail for the believer [via]
I think about this tweet a lot

I think about this tweet a lot

I was a Big Brother fan. I thought they were better musicians than their detractors claimed, but more to the point, technical accomplishment in itself was not something I cared about. I thought it was an ominous sign that so many people did care.
- Ellen Willis, 1980