Friday, September 9, 2011
One That Almost Got Away
Another tired Friday evening. I was trying to convince myself to take the night off. One good decision I made was to at least begin with my AT lie down. Once the energy began to flow, I reasoned I might as well play a few pieces. I could take the night off from my improvisation exploration, just have a little fun with music. Let the strings sooth my soul.
I placed the partial capo in the second position ready to play Gathered Hearts, and instead I began to improvise. Gently probing, listening, and my thinking turned again to Eno. A dyad caught my ear, followed by an arpeggio and we drifted along. As one fragment followed another, I arrived at an ending. No tape was rolling, so I began again. My SD card is full and I did not want the distraction of making room, so I kept playing. Eventually I decided to notate the beginning.
While doing this I turned on 77 Million Paintings, writing, playing ideas on the guitar, watching the images unfold. The musical fragments grew and while the sense of the 'piece' remained, I took more chances. As I did this, my legs began tensing and I found I had lost all sense of myself. Pausing to direct my thinking with AT, I returned to the images onscreen and to the images being drawn by the notes. The primary ideas are on paper and I trust the spirit of the piece is in me and will return. I'll resist pushing hard and prepare myself for another day.
Screenshot from 77 Million Paintings.