Excellent essay by Joe Kidd

Musicians on strike …

Joe Kidd, Flying Shoes Review, Published January 13, 2011.

That’s what we are reading in the newspapers in Detroit Michigan these days. Musicians refuse to play music, refuse to perform. But the truth is the musicians of the world class Detroit Symphony Orchestra are not refusing to play. Since the strike against management began several weeks ago, the musicians have organized and offered several performances across the area for classical music patrons that have been deprived of their passion. These events have included free concerts for worthy causes and televised events for fans at home. This dispute has become an embarrassment to the management and has spiraled into a mudslinging public argument that is becoming reminiscent of the political exchanges of the 2010 mid term election cycle. It is ugly, dishonest and senseless.

The more I contemplate this situation, the more absurd it becomes. The notion that a musician can go on strike attacks the true nature of what a musician actually is. Is it not true that an artist / musician is driven not by monetary reward, but rather by the necessity to create? Is it not true that an artist / musician must practice their calling regardless of physical circumstance? Is it not true that there are countless talented musicians on virtually every street that are receiving no monetary reward at all for their work?

The answer to all of those questions is …

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