I had Greg over this week to run some new songs. When we were done we jammed
for 3 hours on the piano and bass. We didn’t talk about what we would play we just kind of
moved from one song into another trading solos and melodies, the unspoken essence of jazz: the listening and playing off of one another rather than playing a rehearsed piece of music. You know, it’s called jamming and it feels so good.
I think that the jamming that has to take place in the coming months is going to do more for our culture than it has before, the unspoken aspect of finding each other in the music, the listening, the call and response, the “joining” will be more important than it’s been in a long time.
In my solitude I’ve had time to raid my own library and find some gems that I had always promised myself to go back and read (when I had the time). Here’s an quote from an interview with Oliver Sacks from “Neurology Now” January 2008:
NW: Why does music so deeply touch people with dementia and other neurological disorders?
OS: That’s a great mystery. Music doesn’t convey information in the usual sense; it doesn’t represent anything in the external world, but it can move one to great depths. Music has a power to elicit every emotion, and every mood, and even state of mind there is. I think this is why it exists in every culture. It may speak to people with dementia in a way that is deeper than language, and this can be especially important if language is no longer available.
You You You
I’m No Stranger
There’s no Reason