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How To Completely Miss The Point Of Music

By Published: January 14, 2009
The truth is that playing jazz is not a very important thing and in fact nowadays is something so nerdy that it rivals being a Trekkie. While a realization of this will put life in perspective for you and allow you to enjoy making music in a mellow sort of way, it will not help you to miss completely the point of music, which of course is our goal. Try to see jazz as a religious cult. If you can keep the names of Bix and Louis alive, you will get into Heaven; if not, you will go straight to Hell. If you can approach music in this way, it will cease to be a fun activity and will become a crippling pressure, guaranteeing lifelong misery. An added bonus to this approach is that by taking your favorite musicians overly seriously and elevating them to a god-like status, you will actually be helping to destroy their music and what they stood for with every concert and lecture you give. After all, you don't really care about any of these musicians all that much; your need to recreate their music and celebrate their lives is only to distract you from the paralyzing knowledge of your own mortality. Playing music for them was a way to wash away the dust of everyday life. But you can use music as a way to collect as much dust as possible. You will then have completely missed the point of music.

Dorn has appeared at jazz festivals and jazz parties in the United States, Europe and Japan, with musicians such as Ed Polcer, Dan Barrett, Allan Vaché, Mark Shane and Dan Levinson. His biggest influence (both musically and philosophically) is the Eddie Condon Band of the '50s.

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