You can find practically anything you are interested in learning about through a quick search online; this is a good thing. Access to information should be available to anyone who wants it. But who is controlling the quality of the information being posted? Would any sort of quality control over sharing one’s opinions be interpreted as censorship? How can one trust the information being shared?
The ability to think critically is one of the most valuable assets any creative person can possess. As musicians and artists, we have the unique ability to use our talents to point to truths about the world around us that might otherwise go unnoticed, draw attention to injustices that might otherwise go unchallenged, or transport people through storytelling who have never traveled.
Recently, I had the honor of conducting a masterclass, along with keyboard synth pioneer and Johns Hopkins University Professor Thomas Dolby, on the rhythm section at Oxford University. My lecture examined questions such as: What is time? What is rhythm? How do we define a rhythm section and what are the roles or functions that the individual members play in it? What does it mean to groove?