You can still ask Andrew Keen a question
Posted at 3:48 PM on July 31, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)
Listeners to Midmorning and Midday know that on a lot of days the conversation is still going strong when the hour ends and we have to pull the plug. We're experimenting with how we can extend the discussion in those cases. In that spirit, we've persuaded Monday's Midmorning guest Andrew Keen - author of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture - to answer questions that listeners and others post over the course of the week. You can ask Mr. Keen your question via this link.
As an amateur musician, I am happy to be sometimes paid for my efforts. I found myself uncomfortable with Mr. Keen's description of the amateur. I would define the amateur as the true lover of the artform. Having composed and performed for more than 25 years, I have amassed a fair level of competence. In my realm of choral music, my work has been extreemely well received and reviewed. However, I believe that would I box myself into producing on demand in order to maintain a paycheck would would quickly boil away the love I have for my music. Add to this the notion that I am really good at my profession of choice. It may be true that I could compose and perform at a higher level were I to make music my occupation. For me there is an freedom that comes with independence from needing to peddle my artistic wares to make a living. Thanks for reading my thoughts and considering a response. Kevin
Posted by Kevin Wojahn | July 31, 2007 7:18 PM