Tomzooki wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:31 am
Your point is very interesting, for me particularily because I only saw the « artistic legacy » point of view in this topic.
And that reminds me of some subtle intercultural differences between « us » and « others » I noticed on several occasions. Historically , here in Quebec there was no nobility hierarchy when they founded the colony, to avoid the social issues they had in the Old World. Of course there were several other social issues - very strong and oppressive church, the english vs french tensions, etc, but the result is that people here generally does not care nor take pride of their ancestry lineage, and in the same way nobody would think to brag about being the student of a famous guitarist, here it would look quite weird LOL. Of course we have boasting people, but they boast about other issues. For example one could brag about how is playing has been prised by a reknown person, but not simply about being a student of a reknown person.
Just to make sure I am clear here, when I talk about intercultural differences it is in the very general way. For example there is one between generations, and I can testify there is a huge gap between my own mother and me, I often have to restrain myself to express my disaproval about her opinions... I described one aspect of the french-canadian society, which here may seem a positive one, but in no ways I consider we are better, we are just different, and we have our « dark sides »
Well, lineages are not necessarily blood lineages, and every society, even the most democratic, seems to develop its own elites and hierarchies and lineages can play an important role to navigate within them.
If we think about legacies, than of course everybody is a part of unimaginable network of lineages of cultural heritages, even the most in-elaborate musician banging his three chords on the street corner has inherited the lineage of guitar making and of musical structures common to the culture he belongs to, not to talk about all the other lineages (how to wear clothes, how to clean teeth etc...
Interestingly in Tibetan Buddhism they make distinction between people belonging to the lineage via the factum of having studied with certain teachers who themselves belong to certain lineages, and the so called 'lineage holders' who are those people who got entrusted with the complete tradition of that lineage and carry the responsibility to ensure the continuity of that particular tradition. In this context it is not only prestigious to be part of a lineage, but entails also a tremendous responsibility requiring a high degree of ethical behavior and wisdom how to use the tradition.
I don't see all of this in the context of musical performance, where more often than not the ego enhancement and self-aggrandizing (also due to the tremendous competition that field) is at the center of the commotion that is produced.
But anyway, it's just by way of reflection and not to tell other people what to do
Music is a big continent with different landscapes and corners. Some of them I do visit frequently, some from time to time and some I know from hearsay only ...