John Roderick is the singer and songwriter responsible for Seattle's the Long Winters. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This question is an excerpt from John Roderick's Q&A column in the March issue of SW's music magazine, Reverb Monthly, out Wednesday.
Dear John: Do Seattle's higher-learning schools do much to truly support the arts and/or music in Seattle and/or the world?
Roderick: My exposure to the music programs at local universities is fairly limited. I mean, I met dozens of Cornish "jazzbos" at after-hours hip-hop clubs back when you couldn't go into a party in this town without someone rapping about "integrity" over a stand-up-bass solo, but that scene never made the daylight. I tried to take some music classes at UW, but they were all reserved for music majors, so my music education there came from listening to people practice vocal scales while I played stoned Frisbee on the quad.
Periodically I meet someone who studied music at a local college and now gigs out, but they're the exception rather than the rule. Most Seattle musicians I know learned to play their instrument the old-fashioned way: by sucking at it and claiming that their suckiness was actually art.