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How it first began...

   How do people first connect with music? Discover how. This is what a few of the contributors to this site said on this topic.

   When you read it you might realize that two of the most important people in this perspective could very well be our parents... And it may just be some food for thought to those out there who are parents to young children now, when music might have taken a back seat to other things that go on in their homes.




T.K. Blue


TK Blue:
 - There were several factors that influenced my early attraction to the saxophone. I used to listen to James Brown as a teenager and I love Maceo Parker on alto sax. I used to pretend that I was playing those sax solos with “The Godfather of Soul”.



Kris Bowers

Kris Bowers:
 - My parents got me started in music. They aren’t musicians, but they put me in lessons when I was 4 or 5. They let me try other things as well besides music.




Lige Curry


Lige Curry:
 - When you are a kid you are trying to figure it out. I had relatives who thought that I should get into sports and others who thought I should be a doctor. But my auntie, one of my mother’s sisters, got me a toy guitar and she was right. I started playing with it like I did with the rest of my toys, but the guitar was more interesting.



Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco:
 - It definitely meant a lot that I grew up in a musical family – it’s why I play music! It is also why I play the organ. I got the love for it at home. If I hadn’t been around it I wouldn’t have known about it.



Jennifer Johns

Jennifer Johns:
 - My parents say that I was singing before I could speak. As a child I sang with my dad, who was my first voice-coach.



Steven Kroon

Steven Kroon:
 - At a very early age I became paralized by the music on the radio. My older brother Bobby started playing before me, and I chose to follow in his footsteps. He was a great inspiration to me and my first mentor.
When our parents discovered that we wanted to play musical instruments, they went and bought us our first drums, and were happy to let us practice in the basement.
I often tell people that music chose me. I felt like lightening struck me the first time I heard music coming out of the radio. From then on it was love at first sight.



David Murray

David Murray:
 - Music was always in front if me.  My mother was a pianist and the director of music in a church, where she played the organ and piano, and directed the choir. My father played the guitar. I started taking piano lessons at five years old, for a local piano teacher. I started playing saxophone at nine. My brother played the clarinet by then.



Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg:
 - My family were supporters of music, and there were musical instruments around the house. My brother played the fiddle. I picked up the trumpet in 7th grade, and then I joined the school band.

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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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Kris Bowers: - I don't really know who Kris Bowers is


Kris Bowers

 An article with Kris Bowers


   I don’t really know who Kris Bowers is. I am someone who is trying to be a musician.

   My parents got me started in music. They aren’t musicians, but they put me in lessons when I was 4 or 5. They let me try other things as well besides music.


 

Kris Bowers ''Wake the Neighbors'' live 2014

 

   I like keyboards for the simple fact that they are unique. They call a piano its own orchestra. With keyboards you have the range. You can play chords, melody, rhythm, all at once.

   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.


Kris Bowers

 

   Currently I’m touring with Julia Easterlin. We are doing concerts as a duo, and I’m excited about it. It’s just the two of us, and we experiment a lot on stage, with loops among other things, creating tracks on the spot.

   During the rest of the year I will be travelling and working on a couple of projects. I am starting my next album, and I’m making the music for a documentary about Kobe Bryant. A friend of mine is part of the production team, so that is how I got involved in this. And I love making music for television and film, so I enjoy doing this project.

 

Kris Bowers' record ''Heroes + Misfits'' (2014)

 


Kris Bowers was born in Los Angeles in 1989. He studied classical piano and jazz before he relocated to New York. He has earned undergraduate- and Master's degrees in jazz performance at Juilliard. He won first prize in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and appeared on Kanye West and Jay-Z's album ''Watch the Throne''. In 2014 he released his debut album ''Heroes + Misfits'' on Concord. Find out more HERE.

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