A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, John Lennon
found a time machine and ended up at Beethoven
's crib, circa 1817. They hung out and talked and had a good time. As John Lennon was leaving, Beethoven tapped him on the shoulder and said, "John, this is of the utmost importance! Don't forget this: you don't know shit about music
or what makes it good."
John was a little taken aback, and to be frank, a tad offended
"Okay, Weegi. How do YOU know that I don't know shit about music?"
showed up and said, "Because HE don't know shit about music either!"
Suddenly, Jimi Hendrix
and Robert Johnson
were there. They proudly proclaimed "Hey! We don't know shit either!" Miles Davis
popped in and owned up to his total lack of knowledge.
Then of course, Bach
showed up. And everyone realized all at once that they owed their very musical
existence to him, and they all listened intently to what the immortal god of harmony
had to say.
"Guys, guys, guys..." Bach intoned. "You have to understand that it is you of all people who know more about music than anyone else!"
John Lennon said, "But, Maestro
Bach! We don't know shit about music!"
Bach smiled, raised a glass and said "The very fact that you all understand that you don't know shit about music tells me that you know more about music than he who thinks he knows everything
."The moral of the story is:
You have to know what you don't know about music
before you can pretend to know anything about music.