In art, there can’t be contests, period.

Recently there was the “European Song Contest” again, according to the headlines – and I only read headlines about these, just as I don’t like America/Britain’s “got talent”, or Germany’s next top whatever.

There have been numerous articles, dissertations, and books about the topic, even those who *do* “judge” about such “contests” write that in the end, it’s all personal taste. See or search for instance the online photographer, and you’ll come up with articles/blog posts like the ones from Ctein, or from Michael Johnston. Still, and repeatedly, our (in this case German speaking) forae are full of this, like here, or here. Or in photography, this.

I agree in that there were numerous great, relevant, or even important pictures, and maybe the same can be said about music or any other art. But who could say which are the best? Or worst? Or most/least “important”? Art itself defies any such criteria in my opinion. In the end such contests are nothing but exploitation, like the second episode of the first season of “Black Mirror” with the title “Fifteen Million Merits” showed us.

Think about it. There can be winners in sports if you absolutely care for the fastest runner or such things (and even then, there might be one who runs the 100 meters in five seconds, but you’ll never know her/him). But winners in art? Come on… and forget about it, please. Or tell me why a Picasso would be better than a van Gogh. Or the Beatles vs. Mozart. See?

Thanks.

The wolf I am 🐺**

Found that wonderful piece from Arno and Peter, couldn’t resist to add a few low notes to it:

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As always, thanks to my friends and to Wikiloops, and thanks to you for listening 🙂

Lazy Sunday afternoon

This also fits the title of my last contribution in Wikiloops:

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Cat siesta, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2022

As always, thanks for viewing.

Cat in a sunbeam

Welcoming Shi back from her holiday trip, I uploaded this today:

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As always, thanks to my friends at Wikiloops, and thanks to you for listening 🙂

Congrats Chuck!

Needless to say that this is well deserved…

Berklee College of Music Commencement 2022 – Chuck Rainey receives honorary Doctorate in Music

About the statement of the most recorded bass player, I think that title could still be Ron Carter’s. Or with the electric bass, maybe James Jamerson’s. But still, Chuck is worth studying if you care for the low end. His work on Steely Dan’s “Aja” alone is worth it…

So again, a round of applause and congrats to you, Sir!

See also at No Treble, and at Bass Magazine. Or at the site of Berklee College of Music.

By the way: in an interview with Cory Wong and Victor Wooten which I saw yesterday, Victor told us that Chuck is in fact older than the (first commercially available) electric bass. Incredible, and worth listening to if you care for the bass.

“Wollen wir spielen?”, and “Über’m Horizont”

Two tracks from me this time, first on a typical Spanish theme from Pat:

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and then on some more “World” type of song, with a template from Don and an awesome entry and first upload/remix from NickWyver:

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Changed both titles to German because I could… 😉 Thanks to my friends and to Richard from Wikiloops as always, and thanks to you for listening 🙂

Cookie, contemplating…

“Should I go in?” (spoiler: he didn’t)

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Cookie, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2022

He had been in before, after a bit of bass playing on my side, so I gave him something to eat and to drink. Outside again, he just wanted to smooch a bit…

As always, thanks for viewing.

Morgennebel

Such a nice and jazzy track from notebynote, Blazer, and Tofzegrit, couldn’t resist to add my bass to it. And since I’m still practising thumb position on my upright, I chose the fretless instead:

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Thanks to my friends and to Wikiloops for the fun as always, and thanks to you for listening 🙂