In the songs "Rich boy blues" and "Money moves up" You seem to be expressing dislike/concern for financial inequality and undeserved financial success/comfort. I am curious what you would do if tomorrow you found your self totally financially secure through no specific act of your own. Suppose a long lost uncle died and left you 5 million dollars. What would you do with the money? How would your relationship to producing your art change if you didn't have to earn a living from it? Would you spend less time driving around playing gigs and more time developing your spiritual practice? Would you feel a responsibility to do something humanitarian/charity based? I realize hypothetical questions can be annoying and I won't hold it against you if you don't feel like answering. Money is such a large part of everyone's life and I'm just curious how you would live yours if producing an income was a non factor.
your question made me think, and i realized most of the stuff i want to do doesn't require money. but if there was a giant pile of dough around, it seems like sometimes the homeless don't have access to healthy food, and i have a friend of mine that lives in his truck that used to be a chef. and i would fund him to make a food cart with really good vegan food and drive into seattle everyday and give away food. i would fund three or four floundering waldorf schools, and would also start a series of waldorf schools in the south. i would start a foundation to study a simple little exercise or mediation or art or something, that would help kids concentrate better. i would give it away. i pretty much have everything i need.
db - no question, just a thank-you for this blog-thing you set up. ive read many of them and enjoyed them
(especially the Babbitt piece). please keep it up, and good luck with the rest. shawn s
Hello Mr Barnes. From a fan in the UK. Looking to get the Banjo into my life but not sure where to start as I've never even attempted to play an instrument. Watched your Youtube clips and found them a real inspiration. My question is where should I start ?? Beginner books then move to a tutor, or a combination of both. Lots of forums talk about Janet Davis and Earl Scruggs as good beginner books. Would you recommend these teachers ??? Just need a little guidance. Hope you can help ???