|From Robert Fripp’s online diary for March 4, 2004: |
My four criteria for professional work, applied over many years, have been these:
Can I learn from this?
Is this serving a useful social aim (however we might understand that)?
Can I earn a living doing this?
Is this fun? …
Is this serving a useful social aim?
For my generation, there was no doubt that music (and specifically rock music) could “change the
world” for the better; and listening to music, was itself, a significant contribution. There was a spirit of the time, a zeitgeist, and a passion. So the answer, historically, is yes.
But the spirit has moved. Music remains available, but subtleties are involved – are we available to music? – and these subtleties are vulnerable to gross action. Conventional rock performance is now increasingly a business operation & audients claim consumer rights. Where the communion between music, performer & audience?
Overall, my current answer is I don’t know.