Musical Exploration of Life

Article by Robert Kennard for Northern District Times, 7th Oct 2011

FOR drumming maestro Dave Goodman, playing music is more than just time-keeping.

“I’m a musician because I think music is the one profession that has everything in it,” he said.

“If you like maths, art, science, language, psychology, philosophy and so on, you’ll be able to explore these areas in full splendour if you immerse yourself in music.”

The West Ryde resident (pictured) has been named as one of the top 10 finalists for the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

If he wins, Goodman will receive an $8000 cash prize and a studio recording session.

Beginning his musical training in a primary school classroom in the NSW country town of Tamworth, Goodman was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He said his life is almost entirely defined by his passion for music.

“I neglected many aspects of my personal and social life before I met my wife. It was just music, music, music,” Goodman said.

“Now I love learning about philosophy and psychology, and I’m a big fan of visual art.”

Goodman likened the creative expression of music to that of artists such as Bosch, Dali and Escher.

However, the 34-year-old had harsh criticism for the popular music industry, identifying it as the “fast-food” of “fine dining” music.

“Pop music is a whole other animal, more akin to advertising, marketing and merchandising than it is to art,” he said.

“You don’t go to KFC to enjoy fine dining (but) people partake as a result of the subconscious hold that has been taken of them by a very powerful and subtle advertising psychology.”

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