bill dixon on music

"...The only audience that really counts is the audience that wants what the artist is producing. Musicians are like anyone else, they do what they do because, with the real ones, that is who they are, and as a consequence of that they gravitate towards like minds. I have met very few serious musicians who seriously wanted to devote their time to some listener's wish list of the Top Ten or the most 'in demand'. In order for the neophyte, uneducated, naive listener to get something out of something, he or she has to want to get that something, and has to bring something to that wanting. Said another way, when the student is ready, the master arrives."

Bill Dixon
The Wire
July 2008 edition

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