music as language

I just returned home from a great show with my trio. We are preparing to go into the studio in June to make a new record, and this was our first outing as a band to try out the new tunes in front of an audience. Getting up to share a musical conversation with an audience always reveals so much about the music.

The great bass player Victor Wooten loves to think about music in this way. I recently watched his excellent TED talk on the subject again. I have reposted it below. There is a lot of wisdom contained in his words. Every time I watch it, it helps clarify my role as a teacher and a musician.