Monday, January 5, 2009

Branford Marsalis: What I've learned from my students is that students today are completely full of shit.

I met Branford once when I was tending bar at a hotel he was a guest in. The only reason he came down to the bar was the concierge told him the bartender was a jazz buff and would get a kick out of meeting him. It was a classy thing to do, I could tell he wasn't entirely comfortable, there was a rather boisterous crowd in the bar that night. Being the gentleman that he is, I'm a little surprised at the forceful language, he must have strong views on the subject.

Transcript: What I've learned from my students is that students today are completely full of shit.

That is what I've learned from my students. Much like the generation before them, the only thing they are really interested in is you telling them how right they are and how good they are.

That is the same mentality that basically forces Harvard to give out B's to people that don't deserve them out of the fear that they'll go to other school that will give them B's, and those schools will make the money.

We live in a country that seems to be in this massive state of delusion, where the idea of what you are is more important than you actually being that. And it actually works just as long as everybody's winking at the same time. If one person stops winking, you just beat the crap out of that person, and they either start winking or go somewhere else.

My students — all they want to hear how good they are and how talented they are. Most of them aren't really willing to work to the degree to live up to that.

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Mark said...

Very cool story about Mr. Marsalis.

And he's right.

And we'll go over that embedding thing!

Charles said...

I'm open to suggestions. :) Look forward to a tutorial....