LIFE IS MUSIC. LET IT PLAY.

 

LIFE IS MUSIC

LET IT PLAY

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It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
— Duke Ellington
 

AUTUMN MIXTAPE

Music was my first and greatest teacher. Listening closely and learning how to hear is one of the best trainings for life I've ever received. The process began on the bass at fourteen years of age. Stacks of classical theory books from the library would line up on my desk and alone with these guides, I slowly and methodically discovered an ancient art form in the science of sound. My daily world was swirling with scales and augmented by melodies.   

It was a revealing experience to become one with another artist. Attentive devotion to another's expressions is a rare and precious skill which refines the senses. I absorbed these lucid languages like a sponge and became saturated with world class stories. Then I found I had the ability to replicate through imitation with stunning precision. Next to the old school speaker in that little room, I would transcribe masterpieces, written from aural assimilation. Classical, funk, jazz, anything that touched my soul.

"Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language, by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible."

Bach, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Jaco Pastorius. These are just a few of my favorite artists that influenced me from the beginning and I've shared countless hours with these legends in studious meditation. From their records, a timeless knowledge was passed on to me, spoken in a way that anyone can understand, if they would learn how to listen and feel with a sensitive stillness from the heart and soul. Although I wasn't aware of it at first, it soon dawned on me that through this practice, I was learning about myself, about life, patterns found everywhere in the tapestry of the universe and secrets of the cosmic continuum.

Rhythmical behavior is a quintessential pattern of life. In fact, by being so aware of how the fusion band Weather Report was playing, it occurred to me at once that their style was, "a seamless blending of improvisation and composition." Ever since then, that phrase has become a metaphor for how I live my life.

So then after all that time of profound teaching, the structure collapsed and the formulas dissolved. It was time for other life lessons. As it's said in some spiritual philosophies; learn it and then forget it. Once one has the functioning principles under control, the practice becomes ones natural expressions. This is an example of why I like to call myself an artist of life. I am a musician by nature; A mythical minister of the musical realms. Song is my strength and my life is  a synaethesia of poetry in motion. I voyaged through a metamorphic portal and a phasic transmutation remixed my genetic architecture. I am music.

This is the first lecture in a series by Herbie Hancock at the Harvard University on "The Ethics Of Jazz". Set 1 - The Wisdom of Miles Davis

You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself
— Miles Davis

Life is composed of music. We're swimming in an ocean of sound. The gestalt of existence is an ecstatic scenario of symphonic waves. There's a sacred harmonic structure that orchestrates molecules into groups of songs which are played into animation and identified through singular forms. Everything that lives and breathes performs on the bandstand of life to celebrate the divine evolution of creativity. You'll notice that we're singing our conversations when we simply speak. Innocent perception of this organic phenomenon enlightens everyone.... Speak like a child. It's important to notice those recurring impulses to fill up space with superfluous stuff and remember that sometimes less is more. Listen, the stillness of background energy patiently holds meaning and communicates profound messages, in a silent way....

We are all composers, performers and can choose to relate with dissonance or harmony. We're in clockwork conversation with the great Gaian ensemble. Our task is to listen and our responses have rippling harmonic effects. The rhythm and flow of the force. Sing a song of praise from the soul. There aren't such things as mistakes. It's like jazz and all you have to do is jive because we're all just riffing on tunes. What are you producing?

Music emanates from the metaphysical background of the universe. It's the musicians occupation to channel it effectively into the livingness of this dimension. Musica Universalis.

Every disease is a musical problem
— Novalis

Live set of Lo-Fi Boom-Bap Hip Hop beats

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