Cook inlet panorama : once you strike the note
Abdullah Ibraihim is doing a concert tonight at the Barbican in London. He just said something beautiful on the radio :
"Once you strike the note there's nothing more that you can do about it."
Such a helpful thought when so much of this job is spent trying to grapple with instransigent stuff that dries too quick, goes too dark, moves too easily or just doesn't look like what I thought I wanted. His compositions have such grace and heart, like so many of the pianist composers in Jazz. Breathe in and breathe out, it's all improvisation. It's good to get past what I think I want out of making this stuff and try to see what there actually is after a day at work. Sometimes there's comfort in whatever marks there are and you are so tired you can't be arsed to scrape them off.
So far today all I've got is some rather beautiful primed cotton duck, glowing gently as it dries in the studio.