Thursday, May 20, 2010

music is an amazing thing

"Music is an amazing thing. It doesn’t exist as a stationary object. It moves in real time and can be uplifting both to the player and the listener. The melting, trans-figurative moment, that feeling of everything being there, just for an instant, that surrender that overcomes us as players (if we’re good enough) and leads us on to the next pregnant second, patient in the knowledge that there always is, waiting in the wings, the next chance to feel this fullness and celebrate it (as it is only in the nature of art to produce it this way); to this we dedicate our lives. But it is not for us alone; it is also made for you, the listener, to feel these same feelings along with us, to participate and to also be uplifted by it."

- Keith Jarrett, 2010


Jim Bliss said...

Went to see The Brian Jonestown Massacre last night. Jarrett's statement sums up the experience perfectly (for me, the listener, in any case). Utterly sublime. Even if the guy standing behind us did get over-excited when they started playing "Who?" and tipped pretty much an entire pint of lager over us.

merrick said...

By strange coincidence, Ricky Maymi out of BJM has been writing and gigging with Steve Kilbey, singer and main songwriter out of my lifelong heroes The Church.

Steve does an impressively disciplined daily blog, check out this video post talking with Ricky about the rules of rock n roll.