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Latest: 17 May 1999

I've decided after good example to write some diary pages with toughts and events.

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May 18th 1999

I ran out of CD music, yesterday. The not to abundent day to day funds I fell ok accessing have been accessed some months ago to do some intelligent consumer acticity in the CD market, and I've got a set of mostly cheap CD's that do represent major areas of my musical interests, but after using them again and again, my ears get used to them, and I musically feel like a installation I once saw at the Documenta (Kassel, I think it was by Newman) that head big screens with rotating heads all crying out 'feed me' in different but all urgents and fairly loud voices. I've got a radio, too, and I can spend some phone time to connect to WBGO (NY jazz station) or Radio New Orleans (though they unfortunately have an hourly repeating program that changes per day), that both internet-broadcast some pretty decent music at times, and I have a video capture with some clip channels connected up to my ppa at one 'office' at the painting institute, but still, I need my (John) Scofield, (Mike) Stern, (Larry) Carlton, and other fusion Collection tapes and CD's.  AND a keyboard, synth, piano, whatever. Soon.

To be honest (to use that expression) my interest for all that started for similar reasons quite some years ago: I was sort of eh, bored, with my pop music. Harmonically and rythmically done short, caught in the 8 and 16 beats with or without gated reverb, and (at that time) reayd for some serious bleus stuff and more.

Some time, and fo rquite some time, I listened to gospel type of music, of varying kinds, and honestly was bored with that, too, without even ever thinking such a thought. There's some nice music there, for sure, some even moving (still can), and some of it musically advanced or interesting simply because its good or to the point, kind of like a well played blues: no one can claim that a 12 bar schema that serves a large portion of all bleus songs, and most of the others except some of the jazzy variations, and a very large collection of rock and pop songs

    E E E E    A A E E    B7 A E B7

is complex, every decent musician can play that while chatting about the wether. At least, its not a bad starting point to think that way, without discarding other musical archetypes. Stil red house can cut through veyr many things, and  single chord boot-stamped blues with basic but well chosen and times blues licks and scales and the above subtly alluded to can cut through quite a lot, too, and generate / channel a lot of feelings. Still can. And BB's (King) extremely recognisable lick type, trippling around the blues scales does it, too. Even rock around the clock does something. All around the same chord progression scheme. Even 'All blues' does it, quite nicely at times, in fact.

In the gospel type of corner on of Amy Grants earlier albums (Vinyl, at the time, carefully Dolby C recorded on good tape before the record would loose its high end crispness), I forgot the name, pleased me, and had at least some interesting songs on them for the harmonically not too challenged listener, without having a high listening threshold. It had sons on it like I'm gonna live like a believer, El Shadai, a letter, Fat little baby, I forgot the title. Varying from rock over performance type of (what excactly?) to classical themes and jazzy licks and edges. At the time it harmonically and technically challenged me, which was interesting. Just after that I tried to keep in sync with my RX 15 drum computer to challenge myself rythmically (for years, in fact, it was a weak point), which was good practice for a lot of more tightly played music later on, and for playing together, too.

Still, I was happy to squeeze a (Pat) Metheny almost acoustic trio version of all the things you are at very loud volume through my latest speakers, to hear some variations in harmonics and rythms that at least aren't trivial, and in case of this CD, appearently at some point even intrueging enough for me to study a bit, because I likes the kind of steamy yet cooly-contained drive in the song. Something similar holds for 'question and answer' from the same CD. The kind of things I'd have loved to hear in the concert in Andorra where Lisa and I had been planning on going to. In fact around the same time was I was in Paris with Tal, I wanted to share the pleasure of a nice fusion type of concert with an artist or band that I knew could pull that off. There are various concerts of the kind where somewhere a kind of magic (what a term) exists by well played music and solo's, and the shared attention for that. hard to describe, nice to experience, definately with more potential then the pop/rock concerts I've visited, of which there are not hundreds, but enough to know. Though come to think of it, for quite some time I seriously played several days a week, and saw (local) performances about equally often. Fun.

Couldn't find a concert like that in weeks at that time in either Paris or London. Instead I remember a fairly cheesy club performance there as the best thing that could be found at the time. Not that I wasn't having my hands full with her, but it would have added to what I'd have liked to share with her. Come to think of it, with Andrea at least I visited a semi traditional jazz band in a medieval setting: thick stone walls and floor, combined in a sort of ballroom setting. With her a had a very good time (although some things were tense) there in Bern, but you could have recorded a horror movie by just dimming the lights. The band was at least live, though not very special.

The bottom line could be that I just enjoyed those things with women, but that is apertly untrue: in fact the music 'scene' (though I resent that word) I played some role in in Delft for some years was male for a significant portion. Though I vividly remember realizing I missed Josette, first thinking it was just the music at some point. The combination just makes it even better.

Of course this is from music consumption point of view, which is hardly optimal for me, unless it can realy move me somehow, something similar holds for music production, playing music, that is. The bands I playing in/with that had lead (female) singers in them, would not have been the same or even have existed without them, seriously.

It hust occurred to me that 'Don't try this at home' (Brecker) has an interesting kind of folk-jazz fusion intro on it that I at some time could partly play on keyboard, though it is done by violin. Strangely enough, there aren't many piano/keyboard players in that musical area that realy stand out, maybe Petruciani in some senses, of course Hancock evidently did some interesting stuff, and there are others like Garner that are special, but I never realy had a single good piano/keyboard/synth player example in the fusion corner.

Thats no reason not to want to test my ppa with rocking pneumonia at volume eleven in keyboardized verison as soom as I have one. Ha.

As a interesting, not completely unrelated thought: suppose it is possible do disect the major mode of operation of the brain, in other words how its major functions are performed, physically, logically, and computation-wise (algorithmically as far as that term applies), does that immedeately give us insight in the spiritual? I mean seriously, not the processing of music and reverb with certain time intervals and tricks that are though to impresionate the brain in certain ways, but seriously how brains can hook up together, what 'exists' in the spiritual, and even more interestingly of course: does this have anything to do with who some of us call God? I remember brain research results from Cornell Univ. (NY) where they alledgedly found a centre for religeous activity in the brain, as I remember it supposedly was somewhere in the middle right bottom, a bit above and before the visual cortex front side, though I'm don't excactly remember. I'm in the dark as to how they that found that: did the subjects rad their bible, or pray or something to heighten activity there? They measured by CT scanning (I think) the head and somehow computing back where a (local) heightened temperature could be detected, that was made visible in a 3d volumetric picture where the active areas had different colours. In fact this was quite some years ago, but the idea seemed interesting in a funny way.

The connection is that music has a lot in common with patterns that exist found in the functioning of the brain. A fact for which I know no references by heart, but I've encountered the observation various times.