Thursday, November 20, 2008

Brush Won Yesterday



"To me living and music are all the same thing. And I keep finding out more about music as I learn more about myself, my environment, about all kinds of different things in life. I play what I live. Therefore, just as I can't predict what kinds of experiences I'm going to have, I can't predict the directions in which my music will go. I just want to write and play my instrument as I feel."
~ McCoy Tyner

Thoughts like these are why I love listening to jazz musicians talk about their work. Somehow in the articulation of notes with keys and reeds and strings and sticks, they have words down, too. And when words fail, they have scat. Sound words. Which is kind of a poetry of rhythms and glides, of hip and of hop across a tune.

Brush and I went hippity hop across some more space yesterday. And in some spots we had glide. We had short jumps and some sizzle. Look at that red. It just had to be heard. And we scooted on over to fly with some yellow before we dipped into the blue. Pencil was keeping a beat on the drums. Pen kept quiet, but smiled, bobbed his head with the beat. Tapped his toes. And today they all want berets.

Yeah, silly, but we're just listening to the paint here and this is where it went.

6 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--I'm loving where it went! You are making great analogies here between the rhythms and movement of music and the sweeping brushstrokes and creative processes here...I'm loving this. Your painting bits are beautiful!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Thank you. Hm, maybe they SHOULD get those berets. a friend just sent me the names of some particular Tyner tunes to listen to and some Thelonious Monk. No telling where we go today. But we are feeling so cool, think sunglasses would be too much for the gang?

ParisBreakfasts said...

Whoa! Loving those spaces inbetween and the play of positive/negative.

Janice C. Cartier said...

It is so much fun to just go on pure call and response. Pos/neg, cool/ warm... and some fooling around with form. More jazz today..

Kelly said...

Janice,

Oh, oh oh! That top photo. And the peachy-yellows in the second one... Wowee. I love where you and brush are going with this. It is so jazz-y, and you really seem into a rhythm right now. Love, love, love it.

Regards,

Kelly

Janice C. Cartier said...

Thanks. The colors are cool... And I am having the neatest comparative piano jazz greats conversation with a friend in NOLA .. hm. more, I want more of course... got into some lavenders in the sky...