“I’d say, ‘Trane, man, why are you doing that, beating on your chest and howling in the microphone?’. He’d say, ‘Man, I can’t find anything else to play on the horn.’ He exhausted the saxophone. He couldn’t find nothing else to play… he ran out of horn”
Rashied Ali

Coltrane - The Story of a Sound

‘Aint No Sunshine

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I first came across this song (many many years ago) when I heard Sting perform it live on a bootleg concert recording. Eventually I traced the song to it’s origins – and found Bill Withers. Embracing music:

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Hello Goodbye

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I recently had an opportunity to do some work in the desert. I was about to upload some images from this work – and then I changed my mind. A few months ago I had been to the same area in the desert with two amazing performers – Anna & Helena. It was during the second Artness Orchard Labs project. That first visit was a very intense and personal project (on the more recent visit  I was more of a guest) – that has not been completed. I wanted to breathe new life into it. So this post is about that first visit.

A few weeks before the Orchard Labs began I spontaneously wrote a text. It was based on the lyrics of a song. It was written with a twist in the song’s story telling character. Each verse in the song became an individual text. The text poured out of me and was completed in 20 minutes. I then wanted to do something with the text during the Orchard Labs. It’s a wonderful opportunity because of the wonderful performers that attended and their complete focus and dedication to create.

I shared this idea with Shahar and played around with it for some time. At the beginning of the Orchard Labs I still didn’t know what I wanted to do – or actually if I wanted to do anything at all. I kept swinging from passionately wanting to do something to completely forgetting about it. It was clear all the time that if something were to happen – it would be in the desert. At one point I approached Helena with the idea and asked her to consider joining me. She spent some time with the text and then generously said she would gladly join. Then during one practice session, just a day before the planned departure, it occured to me, watching her work, that Anna needed to be a part of this. Helena and I discussed this and couldn’t make up our minds, so we asked Anna – and her response tipped the scales. She too joined the project.

The project took place over one day from early morning to sunset. We transformed each part of the text I had written into an improvisation score. We then began to drive through the desert. When we found an appealing location we stopped and performed. The work kept changing to the very end. Some scores were performed as planned, others never took place, and somethings happened that were not at all planned. I was amazed and humbled by Anna’s and Helena’s dedication – they did some difficult physical work and the conditions were not easy. I feel that it is this dedication to create and the improvisational openness to embrace whatever may come – that made this day an amazing and inspiring experience.

We came back with over 1500 images and  75 minutes of video footage. Following is just a small taste:

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Gillian isn’t sick she is a dancer

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“…  creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status…”

“…we don’t grow into creativity we grow out of it, we get educated out of it…”

“… as children grow up we start to educate them progressively from the waste up and then we focus on their heads, and slightly to one side…”

Shahar sent me this video about a year ago when he was giving a workshop in Europe. I was and still am inspired by it. I am amused whenever I find myself wanting to describe something as “important” – I feel importance is highly over-rated. So with a sense of amusement I invite you to view this important, charming and amusing 20 minute talk by Sire Ken Robinson – “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”:

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Robbie

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Some years ago my good friend Rinat convinced me to join her to see Robbie Williams live in London. I, along with 60,000 others, had an amazing time (except for getting lost looking for a place to pee at the end!). Robbie is simply about having a good time. His presence is honest and brings a smile to my face. The quality of his production is always top-notch. He is a natural born entertainer!

The first clip is from a concert he gave in Knebworth (120,000) people (it’s available on DVD – great fun!). He can barely contain the love and admiration the crowd throws at him. It’s really like that at his concerts (and I just love sexy bass players). Watch for his interaction with a fan : ) The second clip is another great song performed in a different live setting. Enjoy!

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Demand of Authenticity

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“All of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authenticity always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.”

Ken Wilber

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