Whether in music or in life, we are all ‘instrumental in our own construction.’ In this second of our two holiday-season shows, show host Bob Metz winds up his hands-on personal musical demonstration when he reaches an ‘epiphany’ applicable to both music and to life in general.
You accept the musical cards as they are dealt you, and just as in life, you then dance to your own drummer and play your own tune. And if the tune you play is what makes you happy, then you’ll know it’s the tune that’s Just Right for you.
The appreciation of music is a completely subjective experience and could not be otherwise. Music elicits an emotional response at the moment of apprehension, which is one of the things making it such a powerful force, both personal and social. In the field of philosophy, music is found under the category of esthetics.
Over our next two holiday-season shows, we’ll be presenting a hands-on personal music demonstration by Just Right host Bob Metz. As he performs a few original instrumentals on his 2014 Christmas gift – an electronic ‘piano’ keyboard – Bob also reflects on music’s parallels to the larger world of life itself.
It’s a personal story about a personal musical journey, one unlike any other we taken on the show before, but one we trust you’ll still find to be Just Right!
What makes this Christmas particularly ‘special’ is that Danielle is able to be here to share the season with us. Last year, as listeners to December 13th’s Just Right discovered, Danielle spent her Christmas hospitalized in an intensive care unit with little expectation of survival. This year, she opens the show with a reminder that “the corpse still has the floor” – citing a line from one of her favorite Christmas movies, The Ref.
Indeed, Christmas is that time of year when Christmas movies and music become a hot topic of discussion as people cite their favorite and least favorite entertainment representatives of the season. Added to the usual disagreements over which songs/movies are the best or worst, has been the inappropriate but inevitable racist/sexist narratives pushed by the social justice warriors who are oblivious to the original Christmas spirit underlying the targets of their criticisms.
From the controversy surrounding the song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’ to social justice concerns about the ‘bullying’ in Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Christmas season is becoming the silly season.
And on the seasonal matter of giving and receiving, while Robert suggests that to say ‘it is better to give than to receive’ represents a moral inequity, Danielle interprets ‘better’ simply as ‘easier’ – which may itself ‘present’ an inequity of a different kind. Any way you look at it, whether giving or receiving, it’s always best to do so in the spirit that’s Just Right for the Christmas season.
Something to Fall Back On – How I Became A Failed Musician – And You Will Too
That’s the message – and warning – brought to us by our guest Scott Williams-Oakes, who speaks from both personal experience and from the experience of others who have ventured into the music industry.
It’s also the title of his new audio book, available on line for $5 at: www.swoaudio.bandcamp.com.
Any romantic notions anyone may have about becoming a “famous rock musician” or working in the music industry will certainly be dashed. The reality of being in a band or becoming a success in the music industry is extraordinarily low, perhaps only around 2% – an unofficial statistic that seems to bear out the experience of most in the business. Continue reading »