august 1

Our penultimate session before a five week hiatus. As always we began with a breathing meditation which led right into some chanting. We explored singing perfect fifths in parallel motion for a while then took to our walking/chanting meditation:

For our rhythmic centering exercises we went with Dizzy Gillespie’s “Who parked the car? I did,” (a good way to learn the meter and accents of 5/4 time). That eventually led to our rhythmic jam, the rhythm of which was generated initially from the line, “I want my MTV.” (Anyone know the song whence this line comes? Or its relevance?)

Then some of us took up melody-producing instruments and all of us produced what might be the “prettiest” piece of all the gatherings to date (though there are many contenders):

(Some amazing piano playing here, if you can hear it!)

And lastly we “embraced silence,” our way of returning to the silence from which we always begin. We were all really listening in this one.

Thanks to everyone who came out! I was really transported at times and find it hard to believe that I’m so fortunate to be a part of this group! See you next week…

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2 Responses to august 1

  1. Toby says:

    I basically played the same four notes on guitar throughout the melodic jam in I think what is 4/4 time. I don’t know for sure. I don’t have very much training in music. But that’s what it seemed like to me. I was going for kind of an unchanging background that would be underneath everything. I think it was you who I was reading here who said that traditional Indian music has that sort of feature to it. There’s one instrument back there that’s doing the same thing over and over again and everyone else is playing over top of that.

    I agree, it is one of the prettier jams we’ve come up with and everyone sounds great on it.

    • nycpopband says:

      Indian music definitely has that feature to it, as does minimal music (though in that case the part might change very slowly over a long period of time). Playing a part like that is easier said than done! Not only is it great musically but it’s also a fantastic way to achieve an almost trance like state, at least in my experience.

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