|Reflections on Aesthetics and Jazz Drumming|
Looking back, my involvements in studying and writing on aesthetics and playing jazz (as a drummer) often feel like the activities of two different people who stay in contact only occasionally and at a distance. I was drawn to aesthetics in grad school, and to music in high school, followed by brief stints in a conservatory and in clubs. I now teach philosophical aesthetics for a living and play music for fun. As a teacher, I’m conversant, as are we all, with the usual range of issues in the discipline. But the aspects of the arts that have driven my writing have always stemmed more, it seems, from what I found puzzling or upsetting about modern artistic culture (including various justificatory and explanatory problems surrounding the cultural politics of taste) than with cultural products, practices, and experiences, that I just love at some prephilosophical gut level. (These include my favorite music, films, novels, paintings, heroes and heroines in these areas and so on).