Why make music?

Posted on: July 10, 2018

“In any field it is easy to forget about the ‘why’ and bog down in the ‘what’ and the ‘how.’ Music is no different,” writes Scott Faulkner in Thursday’s (7/5) Reno Gazette Journal. Faulkner is principal bassist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic, and associate director of the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar…. “Here are some of the reasons why I play music. Because I love it:… Whether I’m playing or just listening, that music can still, regularly, give me goose bumps, inspire me to run faster on the treadmill, make me happy, or cause tears to well up, is astounding…. Because it serves: As a performer, certainly one of the big rewards is sharing the music I make with the audience…. I see the music I make as service to them…. Because it heals: Most of the audiences I play for aren’t in the hospital or nursing home, but hopefully the music my orchestra colleagues and I make in the concert hall is balm for those in attendance.… Because it connects: … Musicians and audiences of different genders, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds can come together around music…. Because it helps bring meaning to the world.”

Posted July 10, 2018