A few years ago my wife picked up the accordion (she already plays clarinet, piano, bass, guitar, flute, sax, French horn … you get the picture). I somewhat dismissed the accordion but she insisted on bellowing in the basement for hours on end.
She took me to a concert by a local artist / group (Dan Newton and the Cafe Accordion Orchestra). I didn’t expect much but was blown away by an entire spectrum of music I had overlooked. Musettes, kumbias, ethnic music from around the world. (BTW - DO check out Dan and the group … great, great stuff!)
It dawned on me how isolated I was in my musical viewpoint. The only difference between a groove and a grave are the dimensions. As a composer I want to be aware of all this not just be boxed into my own world.
QUESTION: Where do you turn for inspiration on new genres, sounds, etc? Do you consciously seek those places out? On a regular or sporadic basis? How do you go about assimilating and incorporating these ideas into your own writing?
Use both sides of the paper if necessary, as my old high school teachers would’ve said.
I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences!