Tag Archives: Taste

In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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Playing the Right Note

Here is some wisdom, which sounds Zen, perhaps a touch impractical, airy and even blindingly obvious, but which is very important, for any musician, to learn, internalise and follow. The business of playing music, especially improvised music, is all about … Continue reading

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Chasing Your Tail

Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail?  It’s a spectacle that is both bemusing and somewhat alarming.  Here is a supposedly sentient creature engaged in something that is utterly pointless and completely impossible.  If they ever catch … Continue reading

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Savour the Flavour

One of the best and most pleasurable things you can do in your whole life and one which you should do, if the opportunity ever arises, is take lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant and try their taster menu.  It … Continue reading

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Overcoming Your Own Taste

Your own taste can lead you to think that your early work doesn’t live up to the standard that your taste demands.  That can be so discouraging that you quit.  Don’t quit.  The more work you do, the closer your … Continue reading

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The Best of Times

We often see critiques of music as being too derivative, formulaic, unoriginal, passé or just plain uninspired.  There does seem to be a strange herd mentality at work, where everybody thinks they have to reproduce the latest genre, regardless of … Continue reading

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The Power of Aesthetics

I had an unexpected experience, recently.  My friend, somebody with a good eye for art and excellent taste, berated me for not removing the droopy flowers from my FarmVille farm.  These are not real flowers and this is not a … Continue reading

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