Comments On: Lil Buck at TedxTeen

The Music is Coming Through Me

This beautiful painting of the bridge of cello by Kathleen Pearson-Brock represents to me the expression I'm discussing in this article. I am blessed to represent Kathleen as her agent and so I can not only bring her work to you in this permission, but I can illustrate the art of others as well, such as Lil' Buck, in my comments below.  Content by Dwayne Parsons

This beautiful painting of the bridge of cello by Kathleen Pearson-Brock represents to me the expression I’m discussing in this article. I am blessed to represent Kathleen as her agent and so I can not only bring her work to you in this permission, but I can illustrate the art of others as well, such as Lil’ Buck, in my comments below.
Content by Dwayne Parsons


In all of history there has been no evidence of another man able to work and command his body as fluidly as Lil’ Buck, as he’s called.

This self-taught performer of dance has crossed every boundary of conceptual and physical understanding regarding how the body moves in response to audible sound.

In his own words, he is able to express in this manner because, as he sees it, “the music is coming through me.”

The music is coming through me.

In some shadow of my awareness, I understand what he is saying, what he means. I play improv piano. For some 36 years I have played no other music but my own.

Though I might catch, pick up and repeat phrases heard by ear, for the most part my themes are thoughts, not from my mind, but from somewhere deeper that come through my mind.

I’ve not shared my music here yet, though I plan to. The thing is: it’s not about my music. It’s about the phenomenon you see here in Lil’ Buck–that great human expression comes from someplace deeper than the mind.

The mind is not the source; it is just a tool to understand the source or at best perhaps, to interpret the source. I think that is what Lil’ Buck means and what he’s doing in his exceptional, extraordinary dance performances.

Enjoy!