Jonathan Best

is creating Music that inspires people to make Music that inspires people

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My patrons hold a special place in my heart so each month I will let you into my processing heart. I will post whatever rough mixes I have at the time, rambling thoughts, podcasts as they get created. Maybe it will be a video of me rambling about music or the Build the Bridges project or a piece of a work in progress. It will probably be a collection of things, actually. The idea is that you will be inspired to bring more of your own artistic expression into your own life and the world.  And I truly welcome your comments.

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About Jonathan Best

You can be a patron for one dollar or more per month. We are all points of genius sticking out from the collective genius that we swim in. Genius is part of the design of the social human animal. It's how we think around corners. It drives us through the swamp of stuckness, like the one we are all in now. We need to access new thinking. Rumi said in a rough translation from ancient Persian, "What you cannot imagine, I shall be that." I say, "What we cannot imagine, we shall be that." Whatever it is that we shall be, it shall be propelled by a collective genius. Brian Eno said something about how genius really is a community effort. The lone person who it gets attributed to is just the spokesperson. Let's do this.

Making money has always been in the background for me. I do my work and trust that I will pay the rent each month. When I played on the streets and in the subways of NYC, there was no admission price. I didn't have to decide what my show was worth. Neither did the audience. They got to decide how much they wanted to support me. Which holds more value to me. Paul Shaffer threw a dime into my case. Someone in Harlem tucked a hundred dollar bill under all the ones, which I didn’t see till I packed up. I definitely made more money in poor neighborhoods than in the rich ones. The Patreon model harkens back to those days. Except that now I can put the money sign up front while I continue to do the work that is closest to my soul and the human community that feeds me and that I feed.

I want to take this time to thank the countless people who have enabled me to live the artful life that I have been blessed with. I believe my true purpose here is to inspire others to do the same. We desperately need more artists!

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This is conjunction with my social security benefits would make sure my rent is paid, making it possible to focus on my world work. Some of the projects I want to put my attention on are the Community AfroBeat group, more music for everybody workshops, Sounds That Bring People Together Book, at least three music albums, the Build the Bridges Project. Oh it just goes on and on.
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