July Practice in a Foreign Place ALSO, 1 O’clock OR It’s Too Hot/Cold/Rainy Which Actually Means It’s Not 72 Degrees and Sunny

Music can be a
little lonely when you play
it always alone.

ALSO,

The world shivers but
from red rage, hunger, blindness
I need a sandwich

OR,

It’s always sunny
Rain comes but great<once>while
And people shit: bricks.

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July Practice in a Foreign Place ALSO, 1 O’clock OR It’s Too Hot/Cold/Rainy Which Actually Means It’s Not 72 Degrees and Sunny

Music Lessons NOT Musical Lessons

Scales in Thirds:

Scales in thirds, perhaps
useful, a bit misguided.
How doors work: open.

Mouthpiece Advice:

Make it sound nice, warm.
Or do it another way.
Nobody gives shits.

Practicing Analogy:

Trumpet playing is
stacking paper. Saxophone:
searching for treasure.

At a job fair. With a slight
cold, nice pants, bottle of scotch.

I’m Confused About What My Work Was For:

Shouldn’t there be a
funnel? Academia—————–>opportunity.

Music Can Be Fun OR Music Can’t Be Fun (*not a haiku, still good):

If I had a dollar for every time I thought about quitting music and getting a “real” job,
I wouldn’t have to quit music and get a “real” job.

Music Lessons NOT Musical Lessons

Prose on Prose on Prose OR Success Isn’t Given OR I’m Lonely For No Reason OR I Need a New Hobby

I watched THIS documentary this morning and realized that everyone is the same, no matter how different. If you’re good at something, and you work really hard for a really long time, it’ll maybe pan out but maybe not. I like the idea of indie gaming, and singular vision and purpose and I think it walks alongside music or visual art or writing as something that is worthy of experiencing with a mind open to newness and uniqueness.

I don’t even think I’m unique among my friends in believing that I’m struggling to find my voice as an artist, especially one that is (even if very minimally) different than everyone else’s. Whether its in writing or playing or composing, I am constantly evaluating what I’m doing, and struggling to find consistent moments that I don’t feel like I’m saying all of the same things in the exact same way as everyone else.

That’s all. Here’s to hoping for…

Prose on Prose on Prose OR Success Isn’t Given OR I’m Lonely For No Reason OR I Need a New Hobby

Update OR Too Full For Haiku

HELLO. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, LOOK at THESE collaborations between Dan DiPiero and I.

Also, I’ve had a few more than normal GUEST posts recently. Like THIS one, which is by Jordan Reed. As you can see, it is NOT a haiku, but it is “still good.”

Wrote a haiku piece based on THIS haiku. Have not played it yet. #toomuchgoodmusic

Love having people read my things and like it. SUBMIT something of your own. Or do you have a COLLABORATION idea? Send it to me!

Happy post-Thanksgiving fasts. Eat your fruits and veggies and drink plenty. Water and otherwise.

Update OR Too Full For Haiku

UPDATE!

New recordings on the “RECORDINGS” page.

Nick Weckman’s arrangement of “Silence is the Question” is beautiful.

The “Dracula” is actually “Nosferatu.” The video is a teaser of the full movie that we provided improvised music.

The beautyofmyland video is from a few years ago. Hal and Al’s is a fun place for a video. (Weird gig I remember)

UPDATE!

I Can’t Swim But I Can NOT Drown

I can’t swim quite yet.
Most times, I can tread water.
Jazz is kind of hard.

As I gain experience playing and performing, I find myself looking for different things in the music I’m making. I think for most of my improvising career, I have felt like I was underwater MOST of the time. Maybe I’m not underwater any longer, and I’m not jumping and doing flips, but I can tread and breathe in most situations.

I Can’t Swim But I Can NOT Drown