With his permission here are excerpts from a response from Ryan )aka ‘Tea Fruit Bat’) to my earlier post regarding his music and what it can do in the world:
I was reading some of the articles in your blog last night, many of which are very interesting. I especially enjoyed the one about ageism, and how older people should pay attention to the young, as well as vice versa. I can’t say I always understand what certain young people are saying or doing, but I am at least curious to see how they think about things and parse their experience (for those that *do* think about things, that is!). ……. I have lately gotten a couple of challenging new students who found me on YouTube……Though I am by no means a friend to all the youth of the earth (!), I always try to smooth the way for intelligent and sensitive young fellows who need the kind of attention and nurturing of their interests that I never got (but so sorely needed) in my youth. There will never be many such people, but helping even a couple is more than worthwhile for me, especially with my usually reclusive behavior.
Another thought about what you said about me in the blog. Not only do I champion lesser-known composers, but lesser-known instruments as well: the clavichord (of which I now own 4!) is the example I’m referring to. In this age of noise and attention-getting extravagance, the soft, sweet-toned clavichord, suitable for private music making in the home, and for the delectation of a few closely gathered friends, goes heavily against the grain of modern trends, but its whispering tones can speak to us powerfully—there is a saying that if you really want someone to pay attention, whisper. The concept of such a private instrument may seem to be at odds with some of what you have emphasized, e.g., the lack of social interaction and the drawbacks of individualism—but YouTube allows that experience, which may have special meaning for certain persons who don’t find it elsewhere, to reach a wider audience.
Here is a lively Bach piece played on the clavichord:
And a melancholy piece of Henry Purcell:
For work I have added the music to a couple of our laboratory’s videos of the North Pole web cam. we think the soft and ghostly sounds of the clavichord (and especially the quirky and melancholy music of Willhelm Freidemann Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son) complement the images well. See what you think:
Clink on his link in the MUSIC links to the right to go to his site. Or you can click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/teafruitbat