Literacy as seductive
"Having studied jazz, leadership, screen composition and classical composition formally at post-graduate level, it seems to me that all literacy is useful, but highly seductive. One can get caught up in 'the way' of jazz, or contemporary classical avant-garde, or pop music, or anything else that allows people to feel comfortable, safe and in an exclusive club. There's no doubt that learning musical language can provide you with the tools to craft ideas and potentially transcend the human condition, but it can also be a self-referenced end unto itself! In order for an audience to find a way in, building on or deconstructing the past can be useful - playing with various forms of established literacy that people can reference - but for my money musical literacy is only really useful if it appropriately serves a broader personal artistic vision."