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A Conversation Between William Hooker & Ras Moshe

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I have a lot of stories, but most recently, man, I feel like I'm just here to ride the crest of the wave out, play the music that I have to play, hopefully get as many good gigs as I can possibly get. And I'm not thinking about the entire situation of music in general. I'm thinking about my own history, and how much my contribution has been to the entire vocabulary. And so therefore I think that at this point, I should be getting things that should be just due. Because I've played a lot of music, ain't no doubt about it. And so I just naturally look at arts centers and things like that, things that happen on a really strong high level, to be able to do music in, and by the same token, I look at all those idiosyncratic projects, too, because I see those as breaking into other crowds, even though many of them may not be musically based as high a standard as if I played with true quote-unquote hardcore musicians. Many of those situations are opening up, so that colleges can be investigated, new cities can be investigated. I can meet new people, I can get free tickets to be able to go someplace and travel to see the great art of the world and stuff like that. That's another thing about it. I just love creative life, art, etc, etc. I don't know. You finish it off, what you think. Where do you think we're going with our efforts?

RM: Creative life, I think that the creative life and creative music will never stop. The only catch is, what you're going to reap materially, in a sense. You have to not be fazed by that. When the money comes, that's nice, but the music will live. The same issues that exist because we're not playing bebop will be there too. But because we're here talking now, and I know people like Albert Ayler and Trane were going to wonder if their creations were going to last. And I think that they would be happy, and there's people all around the world playing this message of free music right now, too. And young people from different parts of the country, it's changing their life, it's changing them around from a lot of the things that their parents taught them. The unhip parents, that is. The music is talking about what's happening socially, realistically. It's the true voice of what's going on around you. That's never going to stop. Just don't get discouraged about trying to gain something materially, because that's not what the music is for. In that case, you should develop other aspects of yourself so you can survive. It'd be better to have a day job and keep your music pure, than compromise your music and say you were trying to reach somebody. Thank you.

WH: That's it. That's us.

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