I had the honor to attend a prestigious awards evening this week in London and I made a number of observations which I thought I would share this week.
First of all, the bigger the star, the humbler they are. I was given a personal three hour tour of Abbey Road and spent a long while in Studio 2 – the Beatles Studio. You do feel something special.
I understood what it meant to be given the chance to occupy that space even for a moment. It did not happen overnight that I got to go inside Abbey Road. This was due to many years of hard work and when the time is right, things happen and they happen for a reason and that is what we should be so mindful of, never mind the chance to attend the annual BMI Awards dinner on Monday night where Sting was honored.
The sage advice given by Sting in his acceptance speech was profound and I quote: “Your real job as a songwriter is to provide a soundtrack to peoples’ emotional lives; touchstones for their emotional landscapes, their memories. And that’s an unexpected and unanticipated honor, as well as a privilege.”
Do artists understand this? They have a unique talent, yet so often envy and ego creep in and then all the good that has been created through their work is blown out the water; when they think that they are bigger than they are .
The giants and icons don’t shout about their work .Their body of work speaks for itself and they have a team around then helping and working to make the creative process easier.
What also struck me was the cost of communication. We are in dire need of the cost of data to fall .I paid 20 pounds (R380) for 10 gigs of data, no forms. No fuss and RICA. We are falling behind in South Africa.
Data costs are exorbitant and need to be questioned.
Books! I got the Springsteen book for 10 pounds –R180. That won’t happen in SA. Communication costs and reading are the two areas that can be fixed quickly –yet we choose not to question those in charge.
Education is the most pressing concern and it is plan to see when you leave SA we are falling behind the rest of the world.
Gig of the week
Education is key – Bang that Drum
Cape drummers Lab workshop, October 15, 9am to midday at 294 Durban Road, Tygervalley.
Taught by national and international drummer Mornay Hoffmeester and Gorden Campbell from New York, via streaming.
Hoffmeester will be teaching the ‘Tools For Being A Working Drummer’.
The 26-year-old is a graduate with a Higher Diploma in Music majoring in Drums. He keeps the groove for TOPDOG SA, Jonathan Butler, Tevin Campbell, PJ Powers, Gerald Veasley and many more.
Call 082 768 2971 for more info.