Friday, August 29, 2014


The natural state of things is neither random nor chaotic.

Cultural disorder is always reflected in music, but this is a contrived appearance. The true disorder of noise, confusion, disturbance, agitation, and illness is found in the unquiet mind, and represented by stylized musical compositions and performances that speak to diverse levels of individual alienation and social unrest.

While this may be interesting, for what it is, it is rarely necessary or desirable, even when it rises, as a footnote to history, to the level of art.

What is essential is clarity and balance in the face of reality, whether it rises in tranquility or through a fierce act of will, and the creative courage to realize these virtues in works of vigorous, well-reasoned expression.