Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mom Jazz

The only reason to have good technique or anything is so that you can jump off the deep end and hopefully not totally die. If you do, you go out in a beautiful way. That’s my feeling about that. - Julian Lage

 
This is a quote I came across in an recent interview with incredible guitarist Julian Lage. Like most good quotes about music, it has multi-faceted relevance spanning creative arts of all forms. At a certain point, you just have to learn how to not give a fuck. Trust the foundation you've spent years building (and continuing to fortify/build) and just let that be your parachute, if you're ever in trouble. Being able to blissfully, lovingly, masterfully not give a fuck is one of my biggest long-term goals in life. I'm serious. . .
This weekend -like every weekend- is stuffed to the rim with objectives to be completed. Every year I arrange a christmas song to guitar to commemorate my mom's love of the holiday season and this year it's Jingle Bell Rock. Not the most sophisticated song in the world, but it serves the purpose. And because I'm a child of the 90s, I associate it with a particularly awesome scene in a particularly awesome movie (*link to home alone*). I'm looking to be finished with the arrangement tonight. I'm a bit concerned about making sure it sounds polyphonic since I tend to have a choppy way of playing...lot's of staccato (probably too much . . .)
I'll definitely need to play the hell out of that over the weekend so I can record Monday, at the latest. Yikes. . .
I'll need to take a trip to the luthier tomorrow to get my guitar checked out....and audition yet another expensive guitar. You might call it an addiction, I prefer to call it research... 
Other things? So many other things. . .

"Very modal, very open.."

I wonder if anyone even actually cares about blogging anymore. I don't exactly have my stethoscope on the heartbeat of the tech culture (I guess that would be a good excuse to own a stethoscope). But I do wish to have a blog dedicated to this journey of becoming a respectable guitarist (and an artist, and an author, and a fireman and a. . .). It's a endless trek, but I think it's interesting enough to document along the way. My intentions are for this to be a guitar and illustration blog, but I will occasionally make posts about other things that I feel are worthwhile to share.