Steve: What was the name of that tune?
Steve: Thank you! We've been wracking our brains!
Bud: I don't think it's Rhythm-a-ning.
Me: Would you care to make a small monetary wager? Say, a hundred bucks?
Bud: Ten bucks.
We shake. I turn to Gil and say "I just made ten bucks!"
Bud to Bill Goodwin: What was the name of the last tune?
Bud opens his wallet. A tenski flies into my pocket.
Gil: Don't bet with Sue. She only bets when she knows she's right.
The world wants you to validate yourself according to ITS standards--not your standards. When you are constantly measuring yourself against what you are being told by the media, or by other people, you're letting them be in charge of you.
Your personal power comes, in large part, from the stuff you are working on that no one else may know about. What are you doing every day? What are you working on? THAT's where your power comes from!
We must keep developing ourselves according to what we ourselves deem important. If I had listened to the red-haired kid in my class in 6th grade who told me girls weren't supposed to play the saxophone . . .
I've been playing the clarinet for 45 years. I should be better by now! When I started playing saxophone I practiced like crazy, but I let the clarinet slide a bit.
The saxophone and the clarinet are entirely different creatures. They may come from the same Family, but once you hit Genus, all bets are off. At the Species level, as we say in Brooklyn, fuhgeddaboudit!
If I had practiced clarinet one more hour for each day I've been playing, I would have an additional 16,425 hours of practice under my belt. I'd be a black belt clarinet player!
When I was in college, Kal Opperman commented on my evaluation sheet during an adjudication, "Could be great if she would practice." I still have that sheet. . . and I'm making up those lost hours.
I'm not into politics, but I would be stupid if I didn't acknowledge that political decisions directly affect my way of life as an individual. Therefore, I observe political trends so that I don't get caught up in any of them, if possible.
There's a lot of conflicting information out there, and sometimes you don't know what to believe. That's why what we do as musicians is important. When you listen to music--and I mean listen to it, not have it on in the background while you're vacuuming the rug--you develop a quality of awareness in yourself that no one can take away from you, and can serve you well in times of stress or danger. The quality of awareness cultivated while truly LISTENING to music is gained by accessing a deep part of you that can show you the truth when your mind has other thoughts running through it that may not be your own. Because let's face it, we're constantly bombarded with images and sound bytes purveyed by government and businesses [...]
I've been delving into the 432 Movement for a few days now. Apparently this is a fan-driven movement and the musician community has largely not picked up on it. Obviously there is a market out there for music created by tuning to A=432 as opposed to A=440. Go onto YouTube and put 432 in the search window, you'll see what I mean. A lot of fans have used computer software to detune their favorite songs, and they've posted these online. Then you can A-B the results by searching for the original version of whatever tune it is.
If you live in the country, as I do, you can go outside and listen to the cicadas humming an F#, and the crickets or frogs or whatever they are croaking on a C#--but they are tuned to A432, not A440!
I was at Mike Manning's Custom Woodwind shop yesterday and was discussing this with him and his employees. Mike pointed out that if you pull out your horn to get down to 432, your octaves might not be in tune-which is a drag. [...]