January 24, 2004

I been in the lab with a pen and a pad and a vibraphone

Over the last four days, I made a homemade album with several of my dearest friends; as well as some other people who are just in the prelim stages of becoming my new favorite new friend, and are still at the point where everything they do is faultless and glaringly genius -- platonic lust. All of whom are musical people I respect and admire to the core of my wikkid soul. We made six songs, that exist, if for no other reason than this, this dulcet splay of how we spent a few days together -- that alone is enough. It existing, experientially, is gift enough.
Which feels like straight elfin magic, because nothing is ever that simple in adulthood.

Setting aside all my bigger ideas of why I wanted to make this : ie. Music for all involved is a professional thing, as well as recreational, and some times the professional is a gobbling of bitter pills. I am also *tired* of polished music - by virtue of so many people making music for money, that solitary, myopic aim tied deeply to things being polished and calculated and perfect and pleasing to the dummmest of the people, which leaves little room for EVERYTHING THAT MAKES MUSIC SPECIAL.

Being an amatuer is nothing to feel shamed of.
Because making things for fun and for free as exercise anti-cap impulse and using first takes and unperfectedness as a show of force that idealism is something to hold tight to - feels nuturing and wholly, truly important in the face of a war and an administration and Chicago Machine Politics that desires submission, where powerlessness is a forgone conclusion.

Also, we danced til 5:04 am last night, with us five being the last-last people on the dancefloor, and everything felt exactly how I wanted it to.

Posted by Jessica at January 24, 2004 11:28 PM | TrackBack

Unfortunately, I had to babysit.

Posted by: travis morrison at January 25, 2004 02:21 PM

i loooooooove sci fi vibraphone!

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at January 26, 2004 08:21 PM

hey yes, what you're saying, yes. With the unperfectedness. yes.


Posted by: kingo at January 28, 2004 08:59 PM

For a Better Tomorrow...Today.

Posted by: Durffwurzle For President at November 8, 2004 04:56 PM

An interesting read! I'll consider what you said over my christmas holidays. I want The Sims 2 for Christmas!

Posted by: Nikon COOLPIX 3100 Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical] at December 7, 2004 09:04 PM
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