Saturday, July 26, 2014
What Would Eno Do?
Yesterday I decided it was time to revisit a musical idea that began a while back. I listened to the rough takes, and found the score which had the parts sketched out. Today as I prepared to practice, I recalled what I knew of the piece and reflected on possibilities. I found myself thinking what would Eno do? Certainly Eno's Oblique Strategies, other writings, and his music have impacted me tremendously. Countless times I have invoked his guidance.
As I paused before I opened my guitar case, again I thought what would Eno do? Then I thought what would Bartok do? A wonderful set of opposing creative forces to guide me. I played the first piece that ever came through me to begin my practice. A way of Blessing my space and invoking the muse. Moving to the work in progress, I played with the opening chords. There is something there, yet I sense that more is possible. Again "what would Eno do" arose in my mind but right behind this was "what would Patrick do?" So I did nothing. Just sat. Open to possibilities.
After a while, smiling I explored and played around with the idea. Turning to the end of the incomplete score, I played through the ending. Simple, yet powerful. Yes, this is a good ending, and I have a beginning, and there are possibilities for the middle. But still, I yearn for that little bit of magic to bring this together. Playing with the end some more, I know there's a piece in here.
After 30 minutes I take a break for an AT lie down. Rising I visit Flipper, the fish we inherited from our granddaughters move this week. Flipper is a Beta, a beautiful blue fish. Today I really saw him for the first time. Flipper was still. And he communicated this to me, just be still. So I was. From this space, I know that all is possible. I just need to remember this. The playing resumed ...