Thursday, July 17, 2008

Playing in the stream...of consciousness

I'm a little bored today, cleaning will do that to a person. I have to do at least two things at once or I go a little wonky. So, focusing on one thing for an extended period of time (like a cleaning project, grading--you should see how much I get distracted, or even just watching a movie--must be why I like action movies...lots to keep me occupied) makes me really itchy, ants-in-the-pants kind of thing.

That's why I'm on my computer a lot. I can't just sit and watch television.

However, the one thing I can do for a focused amount of time is sit and listen to live music. If there is a band, my eyes have a lot to go to. If I'm watching one person perform, I can focus on the singing and strumming...if the person is only using a soundtrack, I'm lost.

I wonder if that is why I like music so much. Even when I'm in my car, I'm trying to pick out the different instruments and how they are contributing to the songs.

Have you ever heard a song in its bits and pieces? Aside from seeing examples in various documentaries/rockumentaries, I have been inside a recording studio. A friend was recording some final backing vocals while I was in L.A., and he invited the band I lived with to come in and do it...required a group a people, of which I was one. It was interesting how the producer and engineer mixed things in and out of the songs.

Anyway, back to the pieces. Songs are not songs without the pieces that contribute. Often it is an effort of a few elements to get it to sound complete. Yeah, there are the acoustic, solo elements. However, there are still two things present: voice and instrument.

That alone gives this hyper, needing to keep boredom from creeping in person plenty of focus.

I'm trying to work up the courage to go see some smaller-venue music, but I don't go into bars alone. I'll have to work on that. Maybe when my cousin returns from his vacation, he'll hang out with me.

I'm really enjoying my time here. Last night, I was thinking about having to go back, and how I have to start planning in a week or two. Besides instantly tensing up, I felt kind of sad. I don't want to go back to NJ.

Yes, I'm still praying for that financial miracle. God knows the amount. It is in His hands.

Hope you all are having a great day. :)


Aprilwine said...

If we lived close, we could go listen to bands together. I love live music as long as it's good!

Love the Gerber Daiseys. They are my fav!!

RT said...

I can usually handle a bad band that's live. I tend to feel bad for them. However, most places have more than one person or group play, so it isn't a complete loss. Plus people watching is fun.

I love Gerber daisies. When I lived in Los Angeles, I worked part time in a flower shop for a while. I fell in love with them and always tried to get customers to add them to their bouquets.

DBA Dude said...

Have seen many of the Classic Album documentaries where you get to hear songs broken down into their individual tracks - makes for interesting listening.

Glad that your enjoying your time in the South - hope that you can find a way to stay.

RT said...

It amazes me. They use some obscure sounds and instruments that you would never guess were even being used unless you were told about it in the documentaries.

I've always wondered how producers do what they do. I'd let the musicians go with what they have and give some suggestions, because "your" mind's eye just comes up with things, but the intricate stuff just makes me shake my head in envy. The ability for the artist and the producer to collaborate in that manner is really cool, too.