Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Maker versus Unmaker

In Orson Scott Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker, Alvin Miller (a maker) takes on his life mission of defeating his nemesis, the Unmaker.

I, like Alvin, am a maker. I don't need to take things from others. When I am influenced by others, I credit them for my inspiration. My program, A Cup of Joe Brazil, are my own words and my own compositions from my research and my own curiosity. I am telling the story of a person from whom I am learning. When I use other people's words, I attribute the quote to the source. When I play other people's music, I cite the composer. When I publish recordings of other people's music, I pay mechanical fees to the holders of the copyright.

This holds true for all the music and writing I have published, including my recordings with Elvin Jones and programs about WWII Japanese American incarceration, homicide of John T. Williams by Seattle Police, broken treaty promises to the Duwamish tribe, and musical settings of poetry by sculptor James Washington.

I encourage people to be makers. I will not let an Unmaker stop me from making.

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