Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Tony Trish Ken discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett


Of who was kind of an amazing demonstration of something that i was going to read to you. Bela this was somebody. This is from a blog called the rabbis pen. Have you ever heard this. My crack producer lily found this for me spiritual reflections on bela fleck and the flesh tones by a rabbi. I didn't i couldn't find the rabbis name Music is a language. All right. we'll take it with a grain of salt. Music is a language a way of communicating vehicle for bringing greater peace tolerance and humor into our own hearts and into the world. Music is a spiritual discipline and a great teacher. Great musicians like bela fleck and the flick. Tones are also great teachers. Think of yourself of yourself as a teacher. i don't know. I mean. I know there are people that have learned from what i do. And it's exciting to see people that have taken What i what. I what i do and built on it just the way i built on earl scruggs and tony trish ken so many great people that i learned from this person also said At the reimann auditorium. Bela fleck took a few moments to honor one of his teachers. The late earl scruggs there was a palpable sense of reverence and holiness throughout the auditorium. As many of us understood the great love that emerges when tru teaching and learning have occurred. Well there's a lot you can do with instrumental music and and Sometimes we t- we tend to sideline it and think of it as background music or support for vocals. Like a lotta times. I can't tell you how many times i've been playing with somebody For an audience and the singer sings and then as soon as we go into the instrumental part. People start talking and doesn't matter who it is could be with some of the greatest musicians in the world. It's like a a go to. That's not the main thing but you know go to india. You might have a very different experience of a spiritual experience. Listening to music. Doesn't have to be india wherever you wherever you hear it. Or even people hearing The great german classical music or chopin can have a pretty ecstatic experience through the works of of human beings and the pieces. That i've come up with it. That have strong mood or that. Kind of a component. I couldn't explain to you what i was going for when i was trying to ride them or i might have found a sound that that has expressed a feeling or mood that i tried to write a piece around and I couldn't explain what that mood is even but there but if but someone who listened to it would know exactly what i was talking about. We are joined to close. And we're going to hear a little more music from you i I often will kind of circle around to this question of What you've learned to the life you've lived about what it means to be human. And and how how perhaps that has evolved. Since you know your early days things that you know now are believe now that experience now that would have surprise you then. I was in china after the the big earthquake in two thousand eight. I hope i'm right about that. The years are fine by another. I have a baby and they will continue to and with a friend of mine. We were making delaying the shanghai restoration project. We were making a record with the kids And this actually happened before. We came back to make a record. I went there just to see what i could do. Because i had spent a lotta time in sichuan My great teacher who taught me my tremendous love for china old lady wong is from sichuan and said you know. Why don't you just come place. A music for for the kids at these relocation schools and the kids were struggling so much. I mean they were not only taken away from their homes but they had lost a lot of family members and they were living in these Temporary trailers in a place. They didn't know at all with just their teachers their their fellow students and at the end of the my performances the kids would always come up to me and they'd they'd say you sang for us. Now we want to sing for you. you know. And so most of them. I would listen to like ninety pop songs chinese pops up. You alien debut would it. And it was very cute and fun but this one girl came up to me and she said one bad year which means big sister. Wong washburn is long. Geelong dodgier was young. Gainey chung iguchi. Should mama gerald good. Big sister wong. I wanna sing you a song that my mother taught me and my mother died in the earthquake and so she sat down on my lap and she started singing to me and tears started coming down my face and she started to cry too. I had this moment. Where i just saw this light shining from her and from me i felt so very connected to her and to everyone and i just knew that i wanted to live and i do want to live in that light as much as possible with her and with you and with everyone and that's how i try to live. My life.

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