-Tom Waits & Steve Gadd - My verisions

1.

Tom Waits:  We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge.  Quality is being confused with abundance, and wealth with happiness.  We are monkeys with money and guns!

Gordon Stout:  We are buried beneath the weight of virtuosity, which is being confused with musicianship.  Quality is being confused with speed, and interpretation with showmanship.  We are monkeys with mallets and You Tube.

2.

Steve Gadd:  I've seen so many drummers who have chops and technique that would make your jaw drop to the floor.  People are doing some really incredible things.  To me, though, I find it just as inspiring on a whole different level when I see somebody who can play a groove and get inside it and make me tap my toes.  If you can get people tapping their toes, that's it:  you're playing music!

Gordon Stout:  I've seen so many marimbists who have chops and technique that would make your jaw drop to the floor.  People are doing some really incredible things.  To me, though, I find it just as inspiring on a whole different level when I see somebody who can play with beautiful sound, get inside of the sound of the marimba, and make me close my eyes to absorb the sounds.  If you can get people listening to the beauty of the sound of the marimba, not watching how you are technically playing, then that's it:  you're playing music!!

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Take Away:  in recent years I have found that we have a problem of technical virtuosity being predominate over  musical literacy in the marimba world.

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