1-7-09: I Found This

1-7-09: I Found This

I just found this in the course of my excavations. As I was brushing off the dirt, cleaning it up for public display, I realized that it had a subtle thematic connection to the track from the previous day (January 6, 2009), though you probably wouldn’t notice it unless you were a musician, and, at that, paying very close attention. But maybe you are a musician, or just have great ears, so this is subtle connection: the first five notes outline the theme of  of that January 6 track. I don’t know if I did this on purpose or not, and if you believe  the philosopher/neuroscientist Sam Harris we have no free will anyway, so even if I did do it on purpose, it was involuntary.

7-24-13: The More You Try To Sound Like Yourself​.​.​.

7-24-13: The More You Try To Sound Like Yourself​.​.​.

The more you try to sound like yourself, the more you sound like your father. All boys, once they pass through puberty, inevitably end up sounding like their dads, specially on the phone, specially when telling other people what to do. But the same can be said of our musical father’s, e.g. the artists who influence us the most. I know that I have a distinct musical voice of my own by now (and so don’t generally worry about it), but the fact remains that when I sit down to improvise like this, my musical fathers (and mothers) come rushing back to me in a sort of instantaneous time machine, slapping me around, judging me, getting in the way, me pushing them out of the way, and in general being both an inspiration and a nuisance.  You can’t avoid it—your heroes are a part of you, having passed on their musical genes to you, whether they know it or not.

So as I started playing this, I was immediately confronted with the image of Randy Weston, one of my biggest influences as a teenager. Then a few bars in, I’m confronted with Bach, who is always hanging around like a persistent cough. Bach and Weston  duke it out, and I’m left with this…

7-23-13: New Blues #4 in E Minor

7-23-13: New Blues #4 in E Minor

Another track from the July 11 Tone Zone session. This is the second one from the aforementioned set of New Blues (there are eventually supposed to be 24 of them, one in each major an minor keys.) What makes them “new”? Well, I’m also writing a set of 24 Old Blues, so it’s only in the comparison between these two sets that you’ll notice the difference. I’ll be posting some of the old ones soon enough.