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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000672.txt from 1997/12

From: Melissa Norman <>
Subj: Re: Kenny G
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 19:16:53 -0500

Well Said!! I applaud you!! =)

Karen A. Martin wrote:

> Who's to say Kenny G doesn't play for the love of music? I am not a fan of
> Kenny G's music, but I am in no position to say it isn't music. As we
> should all know, music is very personal. It is difficult to define music
> (and we most likely all have our own definitions). It is also difficult to
> define "good" music. Many would say that "good" music stands the test of
> time. Hence our general agreements that Bach's music and Mozart's music
> and Beethoven's music is all good music - we're still listening to and
> performing it hundreds of years later. Who knows? Perhaps in the 23rd
> century Kenny G's music will still be listened to.
> You are also making an assumption that Kenny G doesn't care what other
> musicians think of him. That's an awfully big assumption. Perhaps he is
> more interested in making music than in what other people think of it! A
> lot of composers have felt the same way - you just happen to "like" their
> music! I don't believe there is such a thing as a "bad musician". I think
> that anyone who is playing from the heart is a musician pure and simple.
> If they are doing it only for the money, then that is not being a musician.
> However, for those who make money from their music (or other art form for
> that matter), that's their job! I believe it was Harrison Ford who said
> that he was in show business for the money....what he meant was that show
> business is just that - a business. It's his job. Yeah, he loves it, but
> that's not the only reason he is doing it!
> Apology for the rambling. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that
> obviously enough people out there like Kenny G's music, and he is making a
> living off of it. So....good for him! For those of us who don't like his
> music...well, no one is forcing anyone to listen to it! However, as fellow
> musicians, we should respect what he has achieved and leave him alone!
> Karen
> ----------
> > From: Josh-Boy <joshcole@-----.Edu>
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: Kenny G
> > Date: Thursday, December 11, 1997 5:52 PM
> >
> > > In today's "Amusement Business" I see that two Kenny G concerts in
> Mexico
> > > City on Nov 17 & 18 grossed $549,369. Whatever our beliefs of him as an
> > > artist - he can afford not to care.
> >
> > Yes, he can afford not to care what we think of him as a musician.
> > Personally, if a large group of people thought I was a bad musician, and
> > they were even semi-credible, I would care!! As a musician, I play
> > because I love music. And I play clarinet because I love the clarinet.
> I
> > do not, would not, or could not play just for money. (Of course, I'm not
> > GOOD enough yet to play for money... :) ). I play for the love of the
> > music, not for the love of green.
> > A question: Is that how the world sees K.G? As amusement? :)
> > Sorry, I had to ;)
> >
> > Joshua Coleman

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