I grew up in an environment where music was revered. My family and the community around me looked up to the music and composers we played. The goal of our music education was to perform for audiences that appreciated the music we studied.
I am one of the very few of my family and friends that returned to music after stopping at the end of school. Since then I have shifted my relationship to music. Or, to put it another way, I have changed the role it plays in my life. I’m now more interested in playing with people than playing for people. When I play for others, my goal is to move, rather than impress, people.
After lots of trial and error, I can now use music to complement the social environment that I am in, connect me to the musicians I’m playing with or simply help express the feelings within me.
My family had community, but few people knew us well. It’s unfortunate that we did not utilize our musical skills to connect us more closely with those around us. Instead of putting so much energy into performing for people, we could have been playing with people. We had a tool for building relationships at our fingertips and we missed the opportunity.
-- Duane Whitcomb, Founder