Rotterdam, Haigue and Cecille McLorin Salvant

6/24

This was a big day for us. We saw the girl with the pearl earring (among many great flemmish school paintings) at Mauristhaus. We saw a lot of the countryside and we saw our most expensive event which was a show by the Metropol Orkest in Rotterdam. The picture is the view from the balcony of the orchestra building. We didn't fully understand what we were going to but the show was something like the Netherlands' grammy's for jazz. I was struck that there were many parts of the show that I did not like because I found them predictable and commercial. I loved seeing Vince Mendoza work and I thought his pieces were very interesting and his arrangements often made the best out of a drab musical template. I thought Cecille was absolutely incredible. All this I would have missed though because the first few songs were unbearably predictable for me. But! Because I PAID for the music I had a level of investment that made me WANT to like it. Even if there were parts I didn't like. It really got me thinking about the way that spotify and other online music providers have robbed not just musicians of profits, but also listeners of the unique type of enjoyments that comes when you WANT the music to sound good because you have INVESTED in its quality BEFORE hearing it in its entirety many times...