Dialogue is something I had previously perceived as “discussion”, oftentimes neither constructive nor generative, but just talk. Theoretical physicist David Bohm’s description (below) altered my perception regarding dialogue’s potential, the dynamics of which I subsequently began to register more attentively through personal reflective/meditative practice, in professional encounters, and even during brief, random interactions with strangers – which on occasion can be surprisingly meaningful.
Here’s what Bohm had to say: Continue reading “(In Pursuit Of) Presence & Flow, Pt. 1”
At age 17, I won a scholarship to a summer music camp at University of New Hampshire (Durham), and one of my instructors, Professor David Seiler, raved about this album by Miles Davis called Bitches Brew, for the whole 2 weeks. So I bought the album when I returned home, placed the vinyl disc on the turntable with the greatest of expectations, and then took it off – immediately. There was something spooky about the whole thing, just like when I heard Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” for the first time. Continue reading “(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, Pt. 4”
Growing up as a young musician, and having non-musician friends whose exposure to music was limited to whatever happened to be playing on top 40 radio, was, at times – and strictly musically speaking – a hassle. At parties, on the beach, cruising in the car -it was often a struggle to get someone to put on some, not just music, but great music. Y’know, “my car, my rules”… Continue reading “(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, Pt. 3”
I played a load of different kinds of music growing up. Under the tutelage of the incredible teachers in the music dept. of the Waltham MA school system, I was introduced to symphonic music, chamber music, big band music, and much, much more. And I loved it all. The intricacies of melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint, dynamics, timbre… Whether I was playing clarinet (my first instrument), bass clarinet, or saxophones, the physical sensation of creating a vibration resulting in sound which was then placed in context with a variety of sounds generated by others, was fascinating, mesmerizing. The ultimate, natural buzz.
Yet there was a disconnect. Continue reading “(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, Pt. 2”
A few years ago, my bud Peter Lund over in Helsingborg, Sweden asked me to compile a list of 10 albums which were influential in my musical development. There’s no way I could narrow that list down to a hundred, let alone ten… But how about the first ten albums, beginning from the years when I first began to get serious about playing? Continue reading “(In Pursuit Of) Cool Sound, Pt. 1”