Thursday, September 16, 2004

Rickity's Horoscope vs. Sweet RB's Horoscope


Even if you're not a jazz fan, you'll thrive in the coming week by using a modus operandi that resembles jazz. I suggest, therefore, that you improvise frequently. Experiment with intricate, strong, and playful rhythms. Infuse your yearning for freedom with humor. For further insight about how to proceed, meditate on the following clues from three jazz greats. Ornette Coleman: "Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time." John Coltrane: "You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." Miles Davis: "Don't play what's there, play what's not there."


"I lost the plot for a while," says a character in Nick Hornby's novel, High Fidelity. "And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, the popcorn, the credits, and the exit sign." I'm betting you could have said something like that recently, Libra. The story of your life seemed to have been whisked out from under you and banished to the wilderness on the outskirts of limbo, where the wasteland meets no man's land. That's the bad news. The good news is that while you may never recover the plot you started with, you'll soon find a brand new one that's better than the original.



Anonymous said...

great guitar playing is acheived when it is realized that the art is playing the wrong note well. Any right note will work because all right notes work and are lame (unless played in a way to make them sound wrong which is fine too) but the goal is get to a place where there is no differentiation between what is in the mind and the note and then to play the wrong note the right way. No teacher teaches how to play wrong notes because teachers are bad and only teach right notes played the right way. Wrong does not only indicated wrong with regards to harmony, though that is certainly a starting place. Humor can also lead to a wrong note--or lead to a right note played wrong--in whichcase the humor elevates it to the level of a wrong note played well. This is something that is understood and not known. You can't chart or describe or explain but it is understood by the audience that what is happening is good. By accepting the proposition that notes aren't important except in the context of how they are played and that they are played well only when they aren't expected or anticipated or intended but are sounces of pure reaction by the audience and the musicians--we get to a place where the goal then is to destroy the barrier between the musician and the instrament. There is nothing worse than a guitar player who knows and is thinking about what they are playing or a singer that is aware that they are the singer in a band. The singer should only be aware of their voice in space and perhaps the audience so they can look at them and make striking faces.

Register the Cat said...

i'm anxiously awaiting new scripts and will begin casting whenever you're ready. one mistake though: i have not lost the soundtrack nor the "popcorn" (i.e. e.g. e.l. fudge). and FYI, i really didn't need to read the horoscopes to realize the unfair alottment of quality goods amongst said ricz and sweetz - and i don't even know who john coaltrain is. i guess norn hicksby has it pretty well right then. see you at the jugg parade,

jon said...

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