I have to admit I am not the greatest fan of digital music, despite growing to be more tolerant of it. My rationale for starting to accept it is if this is the main avenue for people to create and listen to music then this is certainly better than a world without music. My reasons for not liking it is however is not as eloquent as my reason for accepting it; it's a web consisting of emotional, philosophical, anthropological, intellectual and probably a rigid mindset. A discussion more suited for a long leather chair with a spectacled lady or gentleman taking notes on a moleskin...I am much better now as far as my relation with digital music, though I wouldn't go as far as saying that we best of friends.
Couple of days ago I was listening to Miles Davis with Bill Evans playing a track called Blue in Green from the album "Kind of Blue" recently released in 1959 and I knew I had the lead sheet (fake scores for Jazz Musicians) somewhere so I dug them up to learn how to play this beautiful song. Here are the statistics:
The song consist of 10 bars (that's as you might have guessed very little).
With the exception of 1 bar, the remaining 9 bars do not hold more than 2 key melody points.
It's in D minor key, very accessible and any half trained musician must have dabbled in it one way or another.
It was almost disappointing to look at the Lead-sheet, I sort of expected more then I started to have a go at it. The simplicity of the melody is complimented with a harmonic structure that simply elevates the soul. With Jazz scores being wildly open for interpretation you have the duty of making every standard your own and the complexity presented by Bill Evans to carry this simple melody is simply the work of a god. His ability to stretch the harmonic envelope to add depth, roundness and richness to the melody is simply staggering.
This made me think of mainstream music, it's origins and it's story. It made me wonder about the story of digital music, electronic loops, a catchy melody that goes on and on and on. The absence of counterpoints or dissonance; structures that propagates a narrow view of the harmonic sphere and as such an unrealistic representation of life because as in music life has harmony and dissonance, life has tension and resolution...shouldn't we listen to music that represents life or represents a filtered version of it?
I know my preference and here is a link to the full album for those who haven't had the chance to listen to it yet...you're only 61 years late :)