Something to Think About

From Ornette Coleman:

There is no bad music, only bad performances.

This idea unfolds nicely.

5 Comments

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Perhaps this is a Platonic sentiment: the Ideal Forms are flawless; it’s their crude instantiations that are flawed. The perfect pattern described on paper awaits a worthy incarnation.

    How different a notion from Yeats’s “Who can tell the dancer from the dance?”

    Kevin

    Posted September 25, 2006 at 2:37 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Or, quite the opposite – the instantiation is all that matters.

    Posted September 25, 2006 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  3. the one eyed man says

    Or, to quote Duke Ellington: “if it sounds good, it IS good”

    Posted September 25, 2006 at 6:28 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Somehow that s gets to the point better than “the instantiation is all that matters”…

    Posted September 25, 2006 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  5. the one eyed man says

    And who can forget Sri Chinmoy’s “next to silence, music is that which best expresses the inexpressible” —

    Posted September 25, 2006 at 11:32 pm | Permalink