Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Vibrations

I've subscribed to a new podcast about the great saxophonist John Coltrane called Traneumentary. It's going to include interviews and commentaries about Coltrane and his music. The first episode was released this week and featured trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. Blanchard said he had heard from stories from other people that Coltrane said, "You had to play in tune, and he didn't mean pitch...he meant that you need to learn how to play in tune to what was happening in the universe, to the vibration that was going on at that particular moment in time."

This is the whole point! I briefly touched that just the other day as I was practicing and it is unlike any other emotion a person can feel. I've always thought of it as being one with the music, like existing in the same space as the music. This is such a rarity but is the end goal of performing and why I am a musician. Not to just be in tune myself but to give people who come to a concert this transcendent experience. I want to share this state of nirvana, of heaven. Of course, sometimes eating a reaalllly good watermelon can be quite transcendent so maybe there are a few other ways to reach this...

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