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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.]







    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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    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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    Well, if credit is to be proffered for the Pete Seeger song Turn, Turn, Turn, we might make note that he appropriated the lyrics from Ecclesiastes 3:1, word for word, adding only the title, which is sung throughout, and the final couple words. I believe he was very clear about crediting the poem to that chapter's 1st 8 lines.


    The Byrds lofted many songs from humble beginnings, through their artful renderings and Roger McGuinn's ear, to what are now archives that will, hopefully, be paid forward. My own two sons, in their early 20's, have no interest in today's pop music and keep their libraries circa early 1970s. This preference was in no way my influence, as I do not own any music or the means for playing it, and wholly the result of their own musical curiosities. My point is what has been left behind will be lost if not kept young


    I picked the month of January, 2019, to resurrect this thread's intent and spirit it into the new year. Change, creativity, ambition and the diligent composure to involve them in music I think are the spirited attributes of youth, and youthful thinking from those of us who remain young at heart. It doesn't always reward the work at the heart of the muse but I do believe it's always good work.


    My time is past and that's where my ear remains. That's part of the resistance to change and I realize that. But, the essence of creativity has been shanghaied by the technologies that have intercepted the hands of young music makers and redirected them away from musical instruments, in the traditional sense, sullying the art form's validity. You can't have it both ways.

    The industry of music money-making is as much at fault in the diming out of the art form. Nurturing the artist has been replaced by economies of scale in a vacuum of dime-store studio effects and hired labor renderings, and little infrastructure remaining to devote to developing artistic skills and talents.


    The notion of pop (popular) music has been replaced with (insidiously) forced music, by the industry's marketing will and the world of the PC tainted at large, to the extent that it's become politically incorrect for a person to vocalize a specific musical preference at the expense of all others. Diversity's place in the musical audience's ear is on notice in a significant way.


    Technology, social implication and profiteering have come together to show us that, for the moment at least, the traditional artistry beneath music-making has been sidelined without any measure of remaining worth to an audience. We'll see what happens.


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