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Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada in Embedded Reporter Lowbrow music for smart people final edition Embedded Reporter, focus on you
It's about the audience.  The theatrical convention is for the people in the seats to "suspend disbelief."  It implies that concert- or theater-goers want to be carried away from their everyday routines and experience something transcendent.  Our job as entertainers is to take them on a journey.  We all travel together for a couple of hours.  Ideally, each person joins the caravan as much as they are willing and able. People ask us, "What kind of music do you do?"  I typically answer. "Lowbrow music for smart people" which is a convenient umbrella, but I believe they are really trying to connect and see if our music is within their comfort zone.  The answer isn't simple.  We do Folk, Roots, Tin Pan Alley, Country, Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Latin, TV Tunes, Movie Tunes, Jazz, Singer/Songwriter stuff, Faux Irish, Classical, the occasional Polka, Ballads, and on and on.   Songs are selected based in lyrical content and the integrity of the lyrics and music.  In the studio, we have no limits in terms of orchestration, but in concert we are limited by what we can haul to the event and/or what we find when we get there.  The music is also selected to touch minds and hearts. Years ago I sang Over the Rainbow to a classroom filled with six-year-olds in Guangzhou, China.  All spoke English as either their primary or second language.  I thought maybe they might know it, and by their response I would guess that most did.  But one little boy melted down into a sobbing puddle of elephant tears.  His teacher, Susan Jenkins, picked him up in a giant hug and carried him out of class.  I finished the song, but I felt badly. "'I feel like a dirt bag," I said to Susan.  "Oh no," she replied.  "It's a miracle.  His parents send him here from Japan to go to this school.  He came with his grandmother.  She used to sing Over the Rainbow to him every night at bedtime, but she died suddenly three months ago.  He's been living with a caretaker ever since.  I've never seen him cry.  He is long overdue." "Why Embedded Reporter," is another question.  It's both simple and complex.  The simple answer is we tend to write about things we see and experience personally, rather than big-picture, abstract causes.  But going a little deeper there have been musicians throughout history who have traveled from place to place spreading the news.  "Minstrels" is a common name.  Think Lute music and Robin Hood.  Woody Guthrie did it.  His was more heavily peppered with political commentary, although the minstrels of Europe commented on sticky issues as well, but mostly they used allegory so they might hold on to their heads.  Speaking truth to power is a risky business.  It typically ends badly.  We are more interested in speaking the truth about our own experience.  Hopefully it resonates with others.
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