Re: Mortality and our fleeting legacy
A long time ago, in galaxy far away (when I realized that I wasn't going to be a rockstar), I came to conclusion that all I really wanted to do was make some recordings that I could be proud of. Much like a photograph (and even better in some ways), something that my children, their children and, hopefully, beyond cound or would appreciate later on in time. Not that all of them would, but maybe some of them, who themselves would become musicians, would appreciate. Maybe even get some inspiration in the fact that this runs in the family to some degree. We never know. In some cases it takes someone like you, Polly, to take the time to preserve this for future generations to enjoy. It is not up to us to determine what level of "enjoyment" will be be had of it, but the hope that it will be appreciated by some.
Now, when I say 'recordings that I can be proud of", I am a long way off from that. But, I know me well enough to know that I'll probably never really be "proud'. It's a never ending search for for satisfaction. I think this is what plagues most artists. You shouldn't sell yourself so short when it comes to your own recordings.
I look at it this way, if someone were to give me an old, scratchy musical recording from one of my great- great grandfathers (or mothers) it would be charished by me no matter the quality of talent, but because I would have comfort in knowing that musicainship runs in my family and there is a heritage there.
I commend you for cataloging your mother's legacy and I hope you and your dad are doing well this holiday season.
"For the words of the profits were written on the studio walls- CONCERT HALL!"