Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas
In the past few weeks I have been actively researching, and experiencing Bai Minority Music. In order to fathom the authenticity of Bai Minority Music, one most take note of the different phases as in illusion, revelation and what you choose to do. At the beginning I was sure that I wanted to investigate the different instruments that create Bai Minority Music and how the music differed from more modern, young music. Bai Minority Music tells stories through each song. Each song is an art piece, together with the notes are woven stories of past times, stories of feelings and family, stories of nature and stories of love. I spent the first week actively listening to and researching Bai Minority Music and it's songs and instruments. After the first week I felt dissatisfied with what I had found out. It also made me feel a bit of animosity at myself not noticing what the music was really like. While the music itself was really quite beautiful, inspirational and story like, what it was used for really quite vexed me. I found out that the music was for publicity, that artisans who played instruments practiced in order to perform for festivals and tourism. While festivals are a huge representative of Bai culture, I felt distasteful that the music was specifically practiced just for the festival. A huge part of my was disgruntlement was the aspect of tourism. I do believe that tourism brings income to the village and helps the village to thrive, but it annoyed me how the music was played for tourists who may or may not regard the music as an art but only as a joke. I put confidence in my belief that music should be played for the sake of playing, not as a joke. Music should be shared with others, and practiced for the aim of practicing. Playing to enhance one's emotional, and mental lay out. Playing for yourself, playing even with out an audience. Playing for music.
I believe that my audience would be people who enjoyed music as a whole, anyone that enjoyed Bai music and its more traditional and authentic ways. There shouldn't be any limitations to who that person may be. Regardless of the age, race or their mental beliefs as long as they share the same enthusiasm as I do with learning about Bai Minority Music. If they shared my passion then they would be able to comprehend my reasons for choosing music as my topic, and would be able to relate themselves with it. Those that understand the importance of Bai Minority Music would be able to understand it's majesty and how it differs in a good way from music now. Those that understand the differences between "real" music and "fake" music would be able to interpret my beliefs. Bai Minority Music compared to other forms of music is an art, an art that should be shared.on
I hope to share with my audience my beliefs on what I imagine to be authentic Bai Minority Music. I want to share with them my experiences and discoveries on finding authentic Bai Music. How I went through different phases to come to the decision I have now. How I went through the phases of illusion, revelation and choice. I chose to base my project on my ideas of authentic Bai Music. The phase of illusion involved me going through a period of time when I believed that the music in my opinion was genuine. The phase of revelation involved me realizing what had happened and was also the phase where I decided on my course of action and how I found my teacher. The final phase involved me choosing what I want to do to show my views and how I decided upon performing, performing out of nowhere for no reason just to see what people would think and do. But most importantly how I think and feel doing that.
Besides the main point there is a wide spread amount of information that can be listed here. But I think that the most important thing that people need to understand is that music is an art form. Especially Dongjing music, while not like anything one would normally here it is still quite remarkable. That the music is something that has taken time to form and to perfect. That the most authentic form of Dongjing music comes when one least expects it.
I believe that the best way to show my idea's and thoughts would be through a movie (Final Cut Pro, IMovie) or a Power Point. They have their own respective attributes that make them good choices. Making a movie would be able to fully convey my feelings, and my concepts. In a movie I would be able to show the music and videos that have made my experience here in Xizhou researching music remarkable. A Power Point leaves room open for interpretation. A Power Point would be rather open ended and during it I may add extra thoughts. Also while presenting for my classmates and teachers back home I would be able to provide a live performance of my final product, while in a movie it would be all from a screen.
My general outline would include an introduction (background, thesis etc.), my first hook, my second hook, and my third hook, and my conclusion and reflection.
- Thesis: Any attempt to illustrate my journey of discovery about the authenticity of Bai Minority Music, must involve experiences dealing with illusion, revelation, and choice.
- Why I came to Xizhou.
- What the program is and how I found out about it.
- Overview of what music is to me.
- Overview about Dongjing music and its differences to other music.
- What I felt during the first week.
- How I was misled.
- The illusion that had happened.
- How I found out about the illusion.
- The instrument I chose.
- Why I chose it.
- How I found my teacher.
- How my teacher helped.
- The experiences that helped.
- My choice of action.
- What I felt.
- What my audience felt.
- Why I chose to do it.
- What I learned about myself.
- What I learned about my peers.
- What I learned about music (my topic).
- What I learned about Xizhou.
- What I leave with.
- What I want to do.
- How this experience has changed myself and my views.