Palaima: Better listening improves humanity
By Tom Palaima – Regular Contributor
A few years ago, several veteran Austin guitar-playing musician friends — John Inmon, Derek O’Brien, Denny Freeman, Richard Jessee — took time to talk with my son about what their lives devoted to playing music were like, where their inspiration and passion for music came from, what difficulties they faced and still face.
What stays with me was how well these masters of soul-inspiring guitar sounds listened to what a 16-year-old fledgling musician had to say.
Palaima is Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin.