Steve Ball Diary
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I like TaylorS' approach: daily tracking music listening. Seems true, but may only be projection: you can learn some thing significant about someone based upon what they listen to. Tool or Tori?
From where does taste come? Genetics? Chemistry?
Need to organize a portable CD collection of music worth listening to (branching out from my always-looping staples of Jonatha, Tori, Jane, Sheryl, and Shawn.)
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Evening: SGC Rehearsal at HQ. Run-through of a proposed set list for our upcoming Saturday show. Many giggles brewing just below the surface for this group lately. We know how to work; we know how to play. Some comfort in this.
Bob came up with a new set list; a winner for this upcoming show. Shaking up our own expectations about show-flow. Each piece sounds (functions?) differently depending upon what it played next to.
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Many dangling prepositions in my life recently.
Thinking more about the 'language' of music again lately. I've written and spoken about this many times. The analogy seems 'stronger' than an analogy (a mapping between distant objects.).
Notes are letters. Chords and groups of notes are "words". Melodies (phrases) are sentences. Songs are chapters. Shows (or CDs) are books.
Some music is news, some is literature. Some songs are one liners, some are soliloquies.
Avant-Grunge trumpet player, Jon Hassell, (many years ago) wrote about the idea that albums (song bundles, CDs) can be analogous to newspapers, novels, classics, reference books.
The language of instrumental music is 'pure' in that it is not 'polluted' with a polarizing lyric track. And yet, there are clearly 'meanings' contained within instrumental compositions.
What is the meaning of Bicycling to Afghanistan or Vulcanization? What is transmitted in the performance of these pieces? My feeling lately: this is music that is primarily designed to transform the musician; a secondary effect may be what happens to an audience who happens to hear these pieces.
I know, with this repertoire, I am in a blind spot.
It always really comes back to one central theme for me: How to measure the value or impact of this work?
Ran into Peter Dervin, Kevin Goldsmith, and hundreds of appreciative Glass fans. Standing ovation at the end.
This film is even more relevant now than when I saw it sixteen years ago. Scenes of buildings imploding and collapsing take on new meaning.
This film is a social microscope. Go rent the DVD if you have not seen his recently.
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Happy news: friends with new baby on the way!
The first Seattle Circle Weekend Workshop began with sitting at 9am. Calisthenics with Curt, Ear Training with Trey, Lunch by Derek, TravisM, and DougB, Rhythm Circle with BillR, Circulation games by SB, then observations with FrankS.
Good work today. Getting a sense of what is possible in this space. Twenty-one guitarists in the circle today. Right at the limit of what is possible in this ballroom.
Noticed the difference between 'making music' and music; analogy to 'making fun' vs. fun.
Fun via jokes at the expense of others vs. fun.
SGC live at Kirkland Youth Center.
Then, SBRS at Penny Cafe in Ballard.
Just the facts right now, m'am.
Evening: excellent play at Seattle Rep Theatre: "Proof."
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Call from BillR Monday evening with observations regarding the Workshop. Too many to share here and now. More reflections on this as my week unfolds.
Evening: SBRS rehearsal chez HQ. More work on new material and a revamping of a TravisM cover song for the Roadshow. Nice!
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