A lot of music and visual art have a conversational quality. One reason live music is so moving is because you’re seeing human relationships play out in real time on stage. I find common threads through this idea of dialogue that you might hear in a modernist orchestral work (like Elliott Carter’s amazing Clarinet Concerto), or in West African pop music (Ali Farka Touré), or a lot of American Jazz (everything from John Coltrane to Anthony Braxton). There is a dialogue between musicians that feels human and touchable. Historically, what we also love about rock bands also has something to do with this alchemy; whether it be the Beatles or the Grateful Dead, the sum is bigger than its separate parts. While a lot of current popular music maybe lacks this human quality, some artists are very much bringing a conversational quality back to music. I would like to think that there will continue to be artists among us who can keep pushing things forward and find ways to infuse music with a sense of vitality. My friend Anohni’s new album Hopelessness, for instance, is both an ambitious pop electronic album and at the same time has more to say about the world than anything I have heard in years. We live in an unbelievably tumultuous time, but often these kinds of moments of turmoil can lead artists to make beautiful things, and strengthen artist communities.