Well I would say you have an impossible conundrum there.
first of all, i think people generally automatically don't believe that any musician could be so versatile to actually have a serious knowledge of western, eastern, and middle-eastern musics. . . ---they must be convinced, but how do you convince people who have not the experience to judge?
If it cannot be measured (no experience to judge) nobody can see how good it is.
See threads about ideas and inventions before their time....
seems to me, IMHO, that if your knowledge base and groundwork is solid -- which, Ed, it undoubtedly is, Im SO impressed with your work on your site and on you tube -- -- then just relax and go for it. Music's not about proving what one knows, but about sharing the heart. You have great heart in your work too, trust that it will connect with people.
We have to trust ourselves. Its a hurdle I always fight, but when Im able let go, not worry about it, surrender to it, then it happens.
re: raga and blues --- fun possibilities. One word: Malkauns
I composed a straight teental composition in Malkauns , but the improvisation can get very bluesy, as i m doing it on the fretless electric. It's a fun juxtaposition, the strict classical form with a down and dirty bules timbre, lol.
thanks bro ...yes you are right, and i have a tendency to over-analyze...
Blues Ragas: Jog (ofcourse)
YES Mal Kauns!!!
what about Gujari Todi?!