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“WHY ARE VIOLENT DESCRIPTIVE TERMS USED IN MUSIC?”

Have you ever noticed that the terms musicians use to describe other great musicians or a great performance are almost always violent?

For example:

A great jazz musician is “A monster”,”sick”,”crazy”,or “a killah”—or “waaaay out there”. If you’re a rock guitarist and you play a solo with a lot of virtousity, you’re “shredding”,…”tearin it up”,or you’re “smokin”. When a musician’s band has a great performance, they commonly say:

“Man,we killed em tonight” or “we tore the roof off that place”,or “We slaughtered em!”

Now lets look at the other side:

Have you ever heard someone say any of these phrases in reference to a great musical performance:

1)”What a sincere & caring guitarist”—-or

2)”That pianist played some really sane chord progressions” —-or

3)” That bassist is so enlightened, and yet so approachable. his(or her) playing really made me think about things and re examine my life.”

No you haven’t.—–And you never NEVER hear anything like this from the band after they had a great gig:

“Wow, we really enlightened that audience and helped them to fulfill their quest for joy”

Ok, it’s true that once in awhile, musicians and non musicians will refer to a musician or a performance in “nicer terms”. They’ll say things like:

1)”He’s a solid drummer”—–or

2)”That guitar player plays from the heart”——or

3)”She has a lot of soul in her voice”

BUT, if you think about it, these types of references are always made in a calm, flat, “matter of fact voice” and usually only with modern enthusiasm at best. Whereas the “violent references” are always uttered with LOTS of energy and excitement, and usually with bulging eyes and a hi pitched voice:

“Holy Sh#T!That guy is SICK! He’s a friggin MONSTER! He KILLED me with that solo”

It is truly a paradox that musicians, who are usually some of the most peace loving “progressive people” around, have such archaic & violent terms to describe their musical performances, or musicians they admire.

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