We are in a bad spot in terms of our perceptions.  Whatever is left of our ability to see, hear, touch, and feel is increasingly defined according to terms supplied by commercially disseminated media.  Once again I bring up the analogy to food processing.  
As a performing musician I am dependent ultimately on the ability of my audience to take in what I am doing as I play.  That seems to get harder and harder for people to do.  I notice because it gets harder and harder for me to find ways to express myself in regard to this most urgent problem.   I will no longer write reviews of CDs and concerts because, aware of the tremendous pressures to conform, I am not comfortable finding fault with musicians   making the compromises they need to make in order to survive.
But there are two kinds of survival:  Financial and one's own soul.  


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