“I truly recommend your efforts in using music and culture to bridge the gap
between the United States and other countries of the world. It is by employing
peaceful methods, as you do so well, that we will bring this world closer together.” Congresswoman Lois Capps, Dem. Oxnard, CA
Staring intently forever at a huge cluster of problems will not solve the puzzle, but mentally separating world events into cultural sub-modalities, mentally distorting those modalities to understand the substructure of those variables, will. That’s how I learned to play 16 instruments. Once I deeply understood the concept of music, each instrument just became another vehicle for its expression. I believe schools should not teach students to play the violin, but to express the music in their hearts, through the piece of wood in their hands. The reeds, catgut and bark of ancient times are the flutes, harps, violins and guitars of today. These will change as well.
Through an “American Cultural Renaissance,” we can utilize the best lessons of great historical cultural achievement, and re-define those concepts in a twenty-first century global context. Not a cultural Pax-Americana to impose upon the world, but to lead honorably, trusted by our deeds. To listen, not because we must, but because it is noble.