Mon. May. 20, 2019

Understanding is the key to freedom…

I remember a dinner I had years ago during the Winter Music Conference at Miami’s famous Fontainebleau-Hilton with a Chicagoan friend of mine. We both agreed on havin’ fish. And when he thought about ordering a Coke as a side drink, I suggested him to try a glass of Californian white wine instead. This would remain like a revelation for him, although this was quite natural for me. As for the two of us, this happened to be the key for a better mutual understanding…

Just a matter of environment, I suppose. With Afro-Americans coming up with no comparison whenever singing because of performing Gospel at church from an early age… French people having like a natural sense of blending ingredients when coming to cook. Just because hailing from a country that stands as one of the cradles of gastronomy… Italians evolving with an innate sense of elegance in a country renown for the beauty of its architecture… Japaneses for their refinement, and the list goes on!

“Any fool can know” though. And even more nowadays with the help of search engines. Although “The point is to understand”, said Albert Einstein. Which means having the will to make it forward of course. But also receiving the keys (with eventual encouragements being the icing on the cake) by those who, because of the position which is theirs, have the experience…

To understand this grooveAs a long time observer, I can’t help myself blaming though the ones who, despite having the tools to communicate on a wide scale and therefore to spread the message to a big audience, come up with the same soup day after day. Display platitudes about this and that. And give space, attention to a big majority of things deprived of sense. This under the pressure of an ongoing corporatism that does nothing but kills the diversity, meanwhile getting us away from the essential…

How could we ever blame someone for not knowing about what he/she’s never been exposed to? This is pretty much what those at the controls of the media do though. With the result being what it is. And the gap growing from a year to another. Putting countless people despite real talent away from the spotlights.

What the hell has become to all these brilliant spirits who would share their passion back in the day… Meanwhile opening generations of people to music the quality of which has become a part of history??? Radio programmers, jocks, press reviewers such as Frankie Crocker on WBLS or Tony Prince (Radio Luxembourg). But also Al Matthews, Jeff Young and Robbie Vincent (Radio 1)? Not to mention Gilles Peterson (1 xtra) and James Hamilton (Record Mirror). All gone and never replaced, leaving as many empty spaces behind them. And therefore music lovers on their sole own along the way…

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery” said Anaïs Nin. And this has probably never been so true. With most of us being left with no other solution than doin’ research to find the reputedly Holy Grail. But what about the new generations??? This is why, in the obligation which is reputedly ours to transmit them our legacy – whatever they’ll make out of it – we gotta give them as many keys for a better understanding. And eventually if not hopefully acceptation… As the destiny of each culture is to reputedly be transmitted from the elder to the younger. As African people have been doin’ since the ancient times.

Leavin’ you for now with these words of Rollo Reece May“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” See? We told you… Understanding is the key to freedom!

Editorials – Understanding is the key to freedom…

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