Personal Performances podcast by Sami Abu Shumays. He invites various middle eastern musicians on this podcast to discuss and perform their works. Tonight a performer was discussing the importance of the spirit when improvising Iraqi Maqams and illustrated this using the same basic melodies sung with a different spirit. I found myself mimicking the singing, allowing myself to play a bit in my car.
As I do many evenings when I began my practice I improvised, still vaguely hearing this musician in my ear. Had some fun for a while and was being gentle with my left wrist. After a short I left to attend an opening of collaborative art and poetry works at the Takoma Park Community Center. My friend Jim Landry whose photo is featured above was part of this project. For the opening there was a performance of poetry, music, and dance. Some pieces worked better than others for me but the spirit that infused the evening was welcome. The creative act always so nourishing.
Back home I returned to look at the piece I am calling Chocolate Melodies. I soon realized that my body is very tired and my wrist was more sensitive than earlier. I gently played around with the piece shading it with a touch of dark chocolate.