Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 9:50 AM
In bed at 12:34, up just before eight. Drifted right off, no tossing or turning to speak of. Some interesting dreams, some different scenarios, but they fade into astral dust as you're readjusting to waking consciousness. Still, I'm glad they're there. Things are sometimes worked out in dreams. And other times the dream just shows you how fucked up you are.
Two new ones up on YouTube. I had a fairly inspired session on the guitar, and did a couple blues numbers I think worked even better than usual. Deeper groove, digging into the time more. Sometimes I feel like my time is adequate at best, and this- these two cuts- rise above that. I've noticed that on slower tempos, I'll be resisting where the beat wants to go. This creates unnecessary tension in the music. The thing is more to surrender to whatever the tempo is. Let the groove carry you. Let the mantra do you. That's where you need to be. And that's where the fun is.
This last line borrowed from the late great guitarist Emily Remler, from her Star Licks Instructional Video. She tells us she had to work hard to get her time going, and it certainly shows in her recordings. So these recent recordings of mine are a bit of a breakthrough. I've just gotta remember to breathe with the music. Surrender to the tempo. Surrender the tempo in my head- which is almost always faster.
Somewhat akin to meditation, where you quiet the mind. You surrender to the silence. And then you focus on either your breathing(and this can get fairly elaborate in certain Buddhist meditations)or a sound- call it mantra if you will. I've been practicing meditation since I was 18 years old. That's 45 years. And I'm still just as neurotic as when I started- but I worry less about it. I think applied judiciously it can definitely improve my time.
These new pieces leave space a lot better than I usually do. This is a conscious thing when improvising, leaving space in the right places. I believe they call it phrasing. Also very important, right along with good time.
Anyway, I guess that's all I've got. Sorry to see Rosanne cancelled. She does have a big mouth and a lot of nerve, which gets her in trouble. As ever, thanks for reading, whoever-reads-this. More later.