Sunday, January 14, 2007

the whole text thing and my life in sound

I escape words every Wednesday.
I've been saying things with sound
that I can't say with words for a long time.
Collectively and individually
I've spent the last 15 or so years
exploring sound,
rhythm, melody,
exploring the
power of sound
to say things
there aren't words for...
pushing at the limits of what passes for music
listening to the sounds
not the song
telling each other
telling you
things they'd lock
us away for
if they only understood

i'm not saying we're mystics,
although at times it feels that way,
all i'm saying is I understand
about things beyond words
words in yr mouth
words on the page

but sound is
not image
and they work
in very different ways

to crack the visual code
to build shortcuts in my head
i'll have to do more visual work
and just keep at it
till i'm better
and it works...

R.I.P. Alice Coltrane

via boing boing:

Alice Coltrane, RIP: 1937-2007
The great jazz instrumentalist and widow of John Coltrane died on Friday.

Her Impulse sides are essential.