Wednesday, September 21, 2011
There's something happening here ....
Day 21 of spending most of my practice sessions improvising, thinking about improvising, and writing about my thinking and improvising. Tonight I dove in, no warm up, no playing a couple familiar pieces, just into the deep end. And I swam for 40 minutes. Ideas emerging from the ether, playing them, playing with them, and moving on. Stopped dead twice because I was "trying" too hard with my left hand.
Both of these pauses I allowed the Alexander Technique to connect me with myself, the space, and with my aim. How did this happen? I've been preparing the ground for years with the guitar. Lots of working on my thinking about this aspect of music making and my ability to play and enjoy the creative act. And tonight I let go. No thinking, no preparing, just playing notes and following. Mostly the tape was running. Without listening I know there were clams, I know I got lost, and I know there was magic. That's enough.