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Daily Obstruction: Hidden to Oneself

30 Sep

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Hidden to Oneself

 

Buddy Rich couldn’t read music.  Once he asked his friend and my former teacher, Al Miller, to teach him.  Al responded, “I could, but it would only make you a worse drummer, not better.”  Sometimes, especially for an artist of genius, knowing what you do is a hindrance to doing it.

 

Daily Obstruction: Harmonics

26 Jul

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Harmonics

 

A single note does not a composition make.  Even a single note elicits sympathetic vibrations.

Daily Obstruction: A Moment’s Quality

25 Jul

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A Moment’s Quality

 

Just as each note in a composition is harmonious or dissonant with the cluster of notes surrounding it and it is from that cluster of notes that the quality of the chord is created, so too, each moment falls not only in a linear progression but a vertical relation as well.

Daily Obstruction: Contextual Now

25 Jul

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Contextual Now

 

Just as each note in a composition is not independent of that which came before it or that which comes after it, so too, each moment has a history and future in which its meaning is found.

Daily Obstruction: In a Word

26 Apr
46TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS -- Prince performs "Purple Rain" as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. LOS ANGELES TIMES PHOTO BY RICHARD HARTOG

46TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. LOS ANGELES TIMES PHOTO BY RICHARD HARTOG

 

In a Word

 

You can amputate my gangly limbs, stuff me up and put me in a bottle, slap a label on it and sell me on the shelf, but I’ll never remain bottled up.  Eventually my phantom limbs will strangle your choking categories and leave them along the side of the road, empty husks that they are.