|—||Hunter S. Thompson|
Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Musician Within
(Via Eddie Lee)
Most of the sweetest, most stinging, and gut-wrenching notes to come out of this guitar always seem to just barely slip through whatever little glitch in time and space that allows for something from the other side to poke its head through for a split second. It’s not the notes and maneuvers that you practice 8,000,000 times that moves the audience, it’s the ones that send a sudden electric shock through your forearms and have you wondering just what exactly or where this force comes from that somehow pushes all of the world’s emotion through your four fingertips.
I don’t think anyone has quite figured out how to harness that moment where your own DNA has become the temporary vessel for something much, much larger and more important than your hands wrapped around your guitar, There’s been those who come really close. And there has definitely been those who’ve seemed to be able to summon the collective energy around them and channel it through themselves and/or their instrument. And then there are those rare ones. Those who have figured out that there’s a path you can just barely see enough to follow to let that moment start happening more and more often. Hendrix, Trucks, Ray Charles, SRV, Coltrane, and anyone else that you’ve listened to and just felt something that stopped you in your tracks, but warmer and richer than human’s are supposed to be capable of.
The Muse is perfect, she’s indifferent. If you can harness the energy around you, the collective total of all of your life experiences, and whatever other random factors that act as an invitation for what some may call God herself, you can go to a place that is timeless. And you couldn’t find a language beautiful enough to explain it if you tried. And for anywhere between 5 and 120 seconds, depending on how open you are, you become non-existent. Something else comes in and takes over.
There’s a certain point when a musician stops becoming merely an entertainer or a jukebox, this moment when the sounds coming from their instrument seem to take on a purpose that is bigger than the one playing them, and they feel it. You feel The Muse offer herself up to you for however long you can stay out of your own way, because as soon the brain that’s supposed to be in command of those fingers starts to analyze what’s happening and how in the hell his fingers learned to do what they’re doing… It’s gone. Have you ever seen the ‘double-slit experiment’? Basically as soon as the observer (the musician in this case) observes the particle’s actions (the non-local force moving through the musician), the particles begin behaving just as the observer expects them to, thereby losing that certain divine quantum mojo that can only be harnessed by giving up all control and desire to witness it. So, when musicians speak of being ‘In The Moment’, they’re really just trying to give themselves up in service to ‘The Moment’. No thought, no wondering about where your hand is headed next on the neck, or even worse where its ‘supposed’ to be. To turn off the brain’s over-analytical side and let it be used as a receiver for something that’s been around moving people’s hearts since before language.
The true musician is today’s shaman. The modern medicine-man that spends such an excruciating amount of energy and time trying figure out the ever-changing combination of silent rituals that act as love letters to the Muse, coaxing her into coming down to visit for a few seconds. That’s the goal of today’s electric medicine-man. To be a receiver. And just like in the olden days, when one heard about this mysterious medicine-man or shaman, they usually had to travel through a jungle of pesky bugs and wade through some seriously uncomfortable shit to find what was worth searching for, today we’re bombarded from every direction with sounds that are masquerading as music. There is an outstandingly massive machine churning out formulaic media that they call music. And it’s getting bigger every day. Wade through it, don’t let it slow you down, and never settle for anything that doesn’t resonate with you deeply. Keep searching out things that move you and make you feel something special. Music is the most important energy source, and it will be around long after the ideas of profit and entertainment die off.
"It naturally elevates the soul to feel this intimate relationship to
it’s primal ground…A man then feels himself truly at home, and
whenever he is lifted up through music he can say to himself:
Yes, you come from other worlds, and in music you can
experience your native place.” - Rudolf Steiner
|—||Muddy Waters (via justassureme)|