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The top 15 most liked articles on Musicians' Corner - to date !

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Find out which articles were the most popular to date



  
Here at Musicians' Corner we normally keep the "Like"-buttons static. But they are getting a lot of clicks, and today it is time to lift the veil on the 15 articles that got the most clicks to date! David Murray remembering Butch Morris made the list. Check out which other articles did! And we really want to thank our readers for your many visits and your awesome music-love!




15. MONICA BORRFORS











14. PAUL JOSEPH











13. ZAM JOHNSON











12. MOTOSHI KOSAKO









11. KENNETH MEREDITH










10. YUVAL AVITAL









9. BRIA SKONBERG










8. DAVID MURRAY REMEMBERS BUTCH MORRIS










7. BEN CAPLAN








6. BOB HEMENGER










5. TITO PUENTE JR









4. CHRIS SIMMONS










3. BRYAN BELLER









2. LIGE CURRY









1. SARAH LONGFIELD










The story continues...!

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What IS music?

 

 

 

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   We are getting close to our first birthday here at Musicians’ Corner. This site, where musicians talk and write about music, opened at the turn of the month October-November last year. At that point the site was empty. But now… In less than a year 44 artists have contributed 47 articles in text, audio and film to the site, Musicians’ Corner has acquired a formidable artist-editor in one of our sections, and shortly we are about to give an award out. It has been an interesting year!

  So many things have been said about music, as an art form, a soundtrack to our lives, a life changer, a profession and career, as a reflection of us as people and a reflection of the times, and as an industry and a business, over this period of time. Many of our contributors have also addressed the same things, the changes in the business being one of the topics that many have spoken of, for example.

 


 

  Today though we recap what has been said on another topic.

What is music to us?

What IS music? In the first place?

 

Find out what 13 of our artist contributors express concerning what music is to them.

 

 


Bryan Beller

 

BRYAN BELLER: - Music, to me is a sound. To be sure, there is melody, and harmony, and rhythm, and tone, but in the end a collection of musicians will have a collective sound, or what some have called "one note."

 


T.K. Blue

 

TK BLUE: - Music is spiritual nourishment for the soul. It’s a sacred art that brings all people together, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, or ethnic background.

 


Kris Bowers


KRIS BOWERS: - Music is everything. It’s how we connect, both to each other and to our own emotions. Music reminds you of certain times and gives you a feeling instantly.

 


Ben Caplan

 

BEN CAPLAN: - Music to me is like water. It sustains me. I need to sip from it every so often or I feel faint. I need to bath in it to keep my soul clean. It flows over me. It does not flow out of me like a constant river, but if I drink enough of it, it comes back out. I sweat it out. I piss music. It often stinks, and I flush most of it away, but it's always a relief to get it out.

 


Will Calhoun

 

WILL CALHOUN: - Music is life. It is the things you experience. Life, love, stress, magic moments, moments that go down the drain. It’s no different than life.  I hear music when I’m not playing. I feel life when I play.  Music and spirituality came together in my life. Perhaps I wasn’t aware of the music at first.

 


Lige Curry

 

LIGE CURRY: - Music is everything to me. My priorities are my health and my family, but music is my anchor. It keeps me rolling. It’s also a love/hate-thing. The love is the notes, the style, the art. The hate stems from the business side. It’s about how much you are worth.

 


Terence Higgins


TERENCE HIGGINS: - Music is everything to me. It consumes a lot of my time, I need it like I need air. There is not a day that goes by when I’m not involved in music one way or the other, be it as a working professional or as a listener. It’s life to me. And it has been like that every since I can remember.

 


Didier Lockwood

 

DIDIER LOCKWOOD: - Music is a way of life. It's something I need to expand myself and meet people and cultures. It's my transportation.

 


Makaya McCraven


MAKAYA McCRAVEN: - To me music embodies a wide range of areas. To me music is a social thing. It is a language, and I really believe in music as a language through events. It’s unspeakable emotion that we have a hard time describing in words. That is especially true for instrumental music. We can play music together across language barriers. Music is played at weddings, funerals, celebrations, parties -- to express what we can’t say through words.


Oz Noy

 

OZ NOY: - Music is like air really. A lot of us would be dead without it. Our soul will die! It sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true.


Chris Simmons

 

CHRIS SIMMONS: - Music is a necessary part of life to me, like air and water.  I love to hear it and I love to create it and perform it.

 


Mike Stern


MIKE STERN: - On a very serious side music is food for the soul. I don't know what the hell I would do without it. There are times when I don't want to hear anything. At other times I hear music in everything, in the wind, in the traffic, in people talking. And I hear music in how people talk in different places, in India, Japan and throughout the world.


Laura Stevenson

 

LAURA STEVENSON: - Music is the best way for me to communicate exactly how I feel.


 

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Singer-songwriter Ben Caplan: - I piss music

An article with Ben Caplan

Ben Caplan

An article with Ben Caplan


I would not say that there is one specific thing that I want to communicate to people who like to listen to music. There are many things to say, and many ways to say them. For me, music is one of the most diverse mediums that we can communicate with.
 
In poetry or prosaic writing, the artist can play with many styles, but usually must commit to one genre if the artist is to produce one coherent work. The poet must choose one language, and limit themselves to those who speak or understand that language (though there are some great exceptions, like T.S. Elliot). The same is true of theatre and film. In music, yes, we must pick one language for lyrics (though there are some great exceptions, like Regina Spektor) but there is a vast world of musical dialects and tonal languages that the composer can play with. The timbres of instruments, from vibraphones to zithers or any guitar imaginable, each provide a unique voice and story.
Melodies and rhythms from different cultures and times can be blended.

There is so much space to be creative. There are so many stories to tell. There are so many voices to tell them with, and the language of each voice can be blended in harmony.
 


In my own writing, I try to communicate many things, but I suppose in the end, I lean heavily on what I consider the only two subjects of true universal significance: love and death. But there are many paths we make take to and from love. There are many roads we may travel to and from death. There are many stops along the way.
 
I encourage people who love listening to music to branch out beyond their normal boundaries. There are no excuses these days. The resources are unlimited. Go listen to music you don't understand.

Listen to music you don't like. If you don't like it, try to articulate why. Do you hate Hungarian zither music? Try to explain why. Do you hate Justin Bieber? Try to explain what it is about the music that you dislike. By developing the skill to articulate what you don't like, you can help to deepen your appreciation for the things you do like.



Music to me is like water. It sustains me. I need to sip from it every so often or I feel faint. I need to bath in it to keep my soul clean.
It flows over me. It does not flow out of me like a constant river, but if I drink enough of it, it comes back out. I sweat it out.
 
I piss music. It often stinks, and I flush most of it away, but it's always a relief to get it out.

Ben Caplan



Canadian multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, keyboards) and diverse singer-songwriter Ben Caplan performs with and without his band The Casuel Smokers. He has released the critically acclaimed album In The Time Of The Great Remembering. Find out more HERE.



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