Posted by: riptide | April 27, 2006

Musician ?!?!?!

I was told by a friend that I should blog this thought.

So I am!!!

I would love some feedback on the thought. It is not a rhetorical blog.


What is a musician? Is it a Hip-Hop artist who writes poetry to a beat made by electrical sounds? Is it a producer that mixes sound on a sound board to make music? Or is it a person that plays an instrument, sings, and reads notes on paper that makes them a musician? Can we call someone a musician if all they do is play by ear, or someone that sings and can’t read one word or note? Is it a person that can’t write their language but is able to expresses themselves through their instrument? Is it a person that has a God given talent, and doesn’t practice?

If you have an answer please let me know….



  1. good stuff.

    the more important question is what is music?

    what is music, to you?

    the murmur of restaurants is music to me. and that doesn't necessarily involve any of the above.

    ahhh…hehe, did ya think i was gonna make it easy for you?!


    lc. 馃槈

  2. Thats a great question. Maybe when you define music for us I might get the answer to my questions

  3. Since everyone requires an definition, lets start with one:

    Pronunciation: myu-‘zi-sh&n
    Function: noun
    : a composer, conductor, or performer of music; especially : INSTRUMENTALIST
    – mu路si路cian路ly /-lE/ adjective
    – mu路si路cian路ship /-“ship/ noun

    The definition seems to be an all encompassing theme. It does not attempt to limit the musician based on talent, or learned attribute. It does note that the essence of a musician is an INSTRUMENTALIST, because the instrumentalist conveys the music to the general public.

    Now, since music has come into question, lets look at its definition:

    Pronunciation: ‘my眉-zik
    Function: noun
    Usage: often attributive
    Etymology: Middle English musik, from Old French musique, from Latin musica, from Greek mousikE any art presided over by the Muses, especially music, from feminine of mousikos of the Muses, from Mousa Muse
    1 a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
    2 a : an agreeable sound : EUPHONY b : musical quality
    3 : a musical accompaniment
    4 : the score of a musical composition set down on paper
    5 : a distinctive type or category of music

    In LC’s case, I’d have to go back to the “from feminine of mousikos of the Muses, from Mousa Muse” portion of the preamble of the music definition. The Muses were God like creatures who “inspired through remembered and improvised song and traditional music and dances.” Through the Muses any sound, or combination of sounds could be turned into music. Hence LC’s restaurant murmur has been, in her mind, turned into music :)~. The truly magical thing about music is the way it makes you feel. The challenge would be to take the murmur of the restaurant and turn in into another form of sound (music) that will convey the same emotions LC feel when I (you) hear it.


  4. i completely agree.

    i think the most memoral part of a piece is how it makes you feel. in fact, i’m going to go all med school on you guys and say that we remember melodies and the words to songs so well because our memory centers in the brain associate these melodies/words with the emotion centers; in other words, feelings. hence when we hear a song, or even just a sound, we are immediately taken back to that moment, that memory. and all the emotions that we were feeling at that time, good or bad, come along with it.

    so maybe the question is not, what makes a musician or what is music, but more: what are you looking for in a sound? what feeling does it convey to you, and why does that feeling make you define that sound (or combination of sounds) as music?

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