I was pretty surprised to learn one of our 3 year old’s preschool teachers from last year, “Miss Alana,” is not only a fun teacher who my daughter loves– she is also a singer in a local Oklahoma City rock band which has a very active MySpace page! Of course MySpace started as a social networking site for startup bands like hers (Hollow) to connect with fans and reach out to a broader audience. Her band is currently saving money to participate in an upcoming conference/seminar event in Estes Park, Colorado where they’re hoping to get “noticed” and break out. Evidently many in the music industry, including Michael W. Smith, have gotten their big break via this event.
This is certainly a sign of our flat world and the existence of “the new read-only” and “the new read-write” media in our culture. “Hey, guess what kids? You’re teacher is a rock star! And we can see her performing on YouTube, as well as go to a local concert later this month where she’ll be singing.”
I don’t think people of any age, who are musicians and want to share their voice with the world, have ever lived in a better time to realize that dream than today. It is going to be fun to follow Alana and her fellow band-members in Hollow to see where they go on their musical journey. I listened to a couple of their songs last night on MySpace at home, and was struck by how important VOICE and CREATIVITY are. I’m not a musical expert, but it seems to me that a huge piece of whether or not a band like Hollow “makes it” out in the wider music industry is whether they have really creative, original songwriters who are passionate about sharing a message with the world. There are lots of people who can sing, play guitar, or play drums. The difference between a group of people who just get together and make noise and a group who are able to literally strike a chord in your soul is based on their voice, their passion, their message and their abilities to synergistically communicate at a level beyond mere “lettracy.” (Text-based literacy, in the parlance of Papert.) Do the members of Hollow have these abilities and this potential? I don’t know, I think I will get a better feel for that (for what my opinion is worth in that regard) when I see them in concert (live) later this summer!
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