Here is a post in response several that have appeared on the Forum recently - Janet's question regarding the benefits of the Forum, Gavin's request that we post some stuff and Paul Buckby's post a few weeks back about mixing of musical genres.
Although my musical tastes mostly skew towards the “modern” (I love the music of Stravinsky, Bartok, Varese, Copland, Reich, Glass, Zappa et al) Bluegrass banjo and New Age piano are also among my guilty pleasures. After reading Paul's post about mixing of genres and creation of sub genres, I was inspired to do a little experiment. I hauled out my rusty old banjo and worked out a spacey little melody in a bastardized Clawhammer and three finger style. I then fired up the keyboard and doing my best George Winston imitation, added an accompanying piano part. The results of this little experiment are humbly submitted for your Dissection, Analysis and Critique. Earl Scruggs I aint, and I likewise dont consider myself to be a proper piano player, but it was a fun piece to do.
In response to Janet's post, I would agree with what others have said – the Forum is a place to post our stuff and to request and receive feedback if so desired. I enjoy listening to the music that is posted here and have been inspired on a couple of occasions now to make new music in response to pieces and posts that have appeared here. Although I dont feel the need to jump into many of the discussions, I do enjoy them; the serious ones and not so serious and the ones that are on topic and off. If nothing else, I see the Forum as a wonderful virtual wall where we can post our musical graffiti for anyone who cares to listen. If anyone else is inspired or otherwise benefits from what is posted – so much the better.
Regarding Paul's post about mixing of genres some of my favorite composers (see list above) were masters at this. I think most composers do this to varying degrees when they create. When done well, new and wonderful types of music can emerge. When not done well – it can still be fun! Who knows, maybe there's a good idea for a contest in all of this.