Hello All, I wanted to share with you all an interesting thing my music theory professor said to my class today. It was a bit of an eye opener for me personally. This morning my professor was very angry because some people weren't coming to class prepared, and he kicked them out of the class, telling them if a musician shows up for a gig without their instrument they are fired, and since they showed up for his class unprepared they are "fired" and must leave. It was all very dramatic, but afterwards he got up in front of the class and in an extremely serious way began to explain why he does not tolerate people who do not take music seriously. What he said was this: **Not everybody in this world has the gift of understanding music, and for those of us who do, it is actually much more than a gift, it is a responsibility. The world is a MESSED UP place these days, and the people who are going to make the world a better place are NOT the politicians, but the ARTISTS. It is our responsibility as musicians to show people that the world doesn't suck as much as it appears to. We must convey something special to the world through music, because without art and music, there would be very little happiness.** Maybe he was just very flustered because of people not taking his class seriously, but for me, and most of my class, it had quite an impact. All of us love music, thats why we choose to devote ourselves to it in one way or another, but I have never really thought about it that way before. For me, and many people, music is more than the thing we do because its fun, it is what can move us to tears, anger, happiness, etc. I find it very profound to think that perhaps us musicians and artists are more important than it can seem today in the world. Can we really have a bigger impact on the world positively than any politician can? I certainly think so. Hopefully we really can change the world for the better with our music. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I just wanted to share.