Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hey folks,

don't forget to tune into jazz fm, 91.1 FM in toronto or at noon to 2pm eastern time. I am helping them raise money for their new location and ongoing expenses. they are good folks, AND they play my music, so give them and a call and dontate (or do it online!)


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It took fourty years but I think I have reached a new level of listening to music.

I know...leave it to me to open with a large, exagerated statement like that...but I think it is true. (or just a really fun phase I am going through)

Music is all about spirituality for me right now. It is the combination of the beautiful sounds, the concept and histroy of the artist, the relation the music has to the moment and the direct intake into my ears, heart and soul. I really noticed it the other night when I was listening to Murley play the saxophone (as mentioned in a previous post) now I am feeling it with all the music I am listening to. Zappa and Ornette (not together!) this morning and live, last night with the Ab Baars quartet from amsterdamn.

I guess it is part and parcel with the fact that I have no time for listening to music that I don't really love. Maybe that is the main thing that has taken 40 years to figure out. I am a really picky listener, who knows what he likes.

Playing music is the same thing. I try to put myself in situatiions that will create a special and memorable experience for myself and the listeners. By the looks of things, the next couple months should be quite rewarding.

Monday, May 01, 2006

I was going to write about the great African short films Dylan and I saw in the sprockets film fest yesterday and how rewarding it felt to expose him to stories about kids his age who live on the other side of the world in very different circumstances but I think I will talk about jazz.

Oh yes...jazz. How I love it. I do. I obvious huh? I have been so absent from my guitar. With good reason I suppose but to go downstairs and play along with both sides of an old cassette I have (back from my Montreal days!)

One side is Sonny!!! So great to hear his music again. I felt like he was with me today. The other side is Scofield with Lovano, Charlie and that great drummer that played on all those quartet know...he is on his new trio record with Steve Swallow...oh well.

What a rush. I realize these two recordings might be some of the music that I listened to more than anything in the last twenty years. (talk about formative!?)

It felt like satisfying a fix or something. Why do I forget how great playing guitar makes me feel?

I even think that someday, when the kids are a bit older, and I have time for more than just barely keeping my original music together, occasional gigs, recording tours etc. I would like to be a local jazz guitar player again. (who knew!?...haha)

time to eat some leftovers and back to reality...taxes, plane tickets for out of town dates and go get the boys.

chow for now...

p.s. nice to hear from fellow blogger and guitarist Mike Daley!! (funny as someone was just complaining to me how he misses Mikes regular blogging)

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