Making stuff as a founder of Avocado. Former music-maker. Tuna melt advocate. Started Google Reader. (But smarter people made it great.)

On playing songs many, many times.

It's in the word itself: even in re-creation: a moment of creation. There's a moment just before we start the first song of any set - a moment where the ambient sound in the room is the blank face of an Etch-A-Sketch. Our temporal tabula rasa. We don't exactly know what sound will be produced when the first notes start ... and that's part of the "play" of performance.

I had assumed that only jazz or improvisational musicians would experience "creation-play" in terms of performance ... but I think I do since I lack perfect recall or perfect anticipation even in terms of songs we've played hundreds of times. I like to prolong that too-brief moment - in which so much seems possible - the beginning of some sort of artistic journey.
posted at February 05, 2006, 11:34 PM


  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Sally Carson said…

    Hey, I can't remember how but I somehow stumbled upon your web site and discovered Dealership and Citizens Here & Abroad and I'm really digging both bands!!


Post a Comment