What I got in the way of responses came from someone deeply entrenched in not just the philosophy of music business, but in passing along the importance of the process and the power of immediately applicable education.
When Haochen Zhang won gold four years ago at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition alongside Japanese pianist Noboyuki Tsujii, the audience witnessed a baby-faced 19 year old with the piano skill and fortitude of someone much older.
What the arts world needs is fresh vision that can adapt to the new crop of talent being cultivated, continually inspire the guard currently in place and make innovative, rather than obligatory use of new technology and ways of communicating.
A sincere kudos to Ke$ha for supporting the pulling of her hit song "Die Young" from the airwaves following the Newtown tragedy. It shows a sensitive and thoughtful side of the artist rarely on display. I just wish the song had never made it to market in the first place.
I bought one of those tapes this past December so I can tell you hustle is still alive and well in Harlem. And it's always been the lifestyle of a special kind of emerging artist. But what makes a hustler?
I'll admit the analogies don't always hold up until the last act, but you'll get the similarities between the memorable opera favorites and the complicated figures that are currently gracing our nation's political stage.
Maybe I was being delusional, or just romantically patriotic, but it seemed to me that artistry was reaching across the aisle quite successfully. Music appreciation abounded, but not a word about which candidate had flubbed the most recent debate.