Keeping the survey train rolling…
I found myself wondering, as I dimmed into sleep last night, about what music those of you who do not play music would make, if you could (I know that many of you DO make music. This week’s post isn’t really for you directly, though I’d think any musician would be curious about this).
As I started to drift, I became completely absorbed in trying to imagine how non-musicians dream about music. I’m so curious to hear what sorts of bands or records or music our non-musician friends would get into if they could.
So, non-musicians (I do wish I had a better term than that): can you describe it to me?
In what genre would you work? Would you try to innovate? How? What do you think it would be like, not just to be a musician, but to actually play music? How would it feel?
Those of us who make music professionally, who are immersed in it all the time, pride ourselves on our ability to listen. In fact, many of us believe that it’s the listening, and not the sound, that makes the music and the musician.
We’re listening now.


  1. Bruce M
    September 11, 2007 at 11:32am
    Music as power. I've always been a bit jealous of folks, who, through their music, motivate people. A non musician, I've gone through my life being told not to sing. I'd love to be able to connect with folks through my sung voice. I think of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, of the "Ode to Joy" of the 9th symphony, and on and on. I think of the joy of folks at the intermittent old time sing alongs when I was a kid, accompanied by harmonica, banjo, panio, and lots of exuberant mumbling when we didn't know the words. The emotions and connection I, as audience, feel with the music, the writer, the performer, the other audience. Oh how I'd like to be able to sing so that people would say, "Drop your day job, man. You should be singing more!"
  2. J. Hamilton
    September 11, 2007 at 11:57pm
    Very often I dream of making music. The music is often, but not always, jazz fusion or rock, and the instrument I most often play is an electronic keyboard, although guitar is featured as well. The problem I find with the keyboard though is since I have dabbled with them, I will sometimes actually start to finger the keys; this can wake me up as I run into difficulties with the notes. Ha, ha. But it's really, really great when I am "performing" at a concert and my solo comes up. There I would be jamming with multicolored spotlights on me, with the band and the crowd getting into it. What a rush. The music is mostly original compositions, and if I wake up with the sounds still echoing in my mind. . . I wish I would take the time to learn to translate music into notation.
  3. Alejandro
    September 18, 2007 at 12:33am
    Unfortunately, every time I attempt to learn to play a musical instrument I fail miserably. I like musical appreciation, and I consider myself a good listener with good attention to detail... I like numbers, math and physics. I'm obsessed with randomness and chaos. I've always wondered if music could be made out of equations, making notes, pitch, tempo, and different beats the variables. Some day I'll make the experiment :)
  4. Tilton
    September 20, 2007 at 8:00am
    I am attentive to movement: music notes, melodies, transitions. It can be continuous and slow or fast. The movement can be the contrast from motion to presence or just being (i.e., a "hold" in music). An example of continuous movement slow would be R.Carlos Nakai, Native American flute. The just being or presence would be Nakai's long "hold" on some notes that taper-off to silence. This type of movement helps me relax. In contrast, continuous fast movement to me is as Sheep by Pink Floyd. This is more of a movement that movtivates me to work.
  5. David
    September 21, 2007 at 1:23am
    Unfortunately, every time I attempt to listing , padora won,t allowed me. Told me that i was staying in spian.SO dear any help?
  6. Elle
    September 21, 2007 at 9:27am
    When I was younger I studied music and the art; then I decided that if I wanted to make a decent living in the arts, I would have to focus on the really commercial, middle of the road stuff that really bores me. So I got into computer programming and database administration and I make a good living at it. I've always stayed close to the arts; I do all different kinds of craft work but not so much the music anymore. I make my own jewelry, cards, sewing, needlework, and now I'm learning crochet. I have thought about selling some of my craft work (the pins for instance) but I'm afraid I would get bored doing the same thing all the time. So if I could play music, I think my interests would vary over time. Currently I'm focusing on guitar music and I'm exploring flamenco and gypsy music and trying to learn about it. Right now I'm really enjoying listening to surf revival guitar music. Dick Dale, the Blue Stingrays, the Ventures, the Eliminators. It is so upbeat and energetic, and I also like the way the notes bend. It makes me see in my mind's eye the California coast...I can hear the surf pounding the shore and people laughing and having fun...smell the salt in the air...feel the sun on my face...hear the clink of the beer bottles that are sparkling in the sunlight...of course there's that hunky blonde dude coming out of the surf dripping wet...sheesh this is a great place! Thanks Music Genome people for allowing me to create my special places in music!
  7. hristofor
    March 23, 2008 at 1:27pm
    For me it would have to be blues music. From Jump Blues to Delta, to Chicago, it's a music that speaks to the soul. The blues is a precursor of so much. As Muddy sang "The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll

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