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Dear Musician -  Seasons Turn! Turn! Turn!

There is a season ...

 

by Dendy Jarrett

 

 

While it may not seem like it in some parts of the country, spring is springing up all around us. When we usher in this new season, we’ll be inviting and welcoming change.

 

Change can be good. For some, it offers a resurgence of creativity, a renewed desire to complete dormant projects, or start new ones. Perhaps it's time to write that next song or figure out that riff you’ve been anxious to learn. Maybe the moment has come to finish mixing some songs... or just do some spring cleaning in your studio.

 

Perhaps I’m showing my age, but spring always reminds me of this Pete Seeger song that became a #1 hit for The Byrds in 1965. The words still resonate with me—and others—today.

 

Turn! Turn! Turn!

 

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

 

Farmers will be planting seeds soon, and those seeds will grow into new plants that will produce new food. It’s an effort that has been renewing since the beginning of time. Plant, grow, harvest, rinse, repeat.

 

Just like farmers, Harmony Central’s goal is to plant the seeds of making music. We do so never knowing what seeds will fall where, but we know based on the growing make better music movement that those seeds are germinating. And we hope they will be hardy perennials that return every year, whether Harmony Central is there to water them or not.

 

This season may bring good change; only the spring rains will tell. But this we know: to everything turn, turn, turn... there is a season.

 

 

[Editor’s Note: We buried the bass player in my band this past weekend. Music is a gift. Every day is a gift. Hug those you love. Rest in Peace, Jamie Simmons. I'll think of you every time I hear big thunder.]

 

 

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Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.

 

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Ben Lorentzen  |  June 07, 2018 at 9:25 pm
I agree with you on change being good, and I like the vision of "planting seeds of making music". 

I am Scandinavian and very big component in our musical training over there are cultural centers funded by the government that will pay teachers, buy gear and stage regular concerts. 

Here in USA (I assume most readers are in the US, myself live in NJ) it is different. 

Who will provide a platform that can nurture future talent?
One thing I'd like to see more writings and interviews on is how different churches have nurtured todays talent. Has anyone done a deep study of this? is there another cultural institution that has done more for music than churches?
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