A bit under the weather today. Long afternoon nap, woke up quite disoriented and decided to stay in this evening. More mixing and some stitching work on the Esquire scans. Hanging pictures, office clean up, general puttering before setting down to work on some music.
Practice, then, Electric Gauchos mix of the evening: Not Bad for a Wednesday. (2.71M mp3)
Also, this just in from someone who found me on ebay:
Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2004 2:11 PM
Subject: Saw your new homepage!
Dear Steve Ball,
I just wanted to let you know, I happened upon “Prometheus,” 3 weeks ago during an eBay auction and have since then picked up your box set at Amazon.com
One of the albums that I have truly enjoying this year is Marillion’s “Marbles” it is like a river that I sweeps me along, I have found all 3 CDs in your box set share that same characteristic.
Great to hear from you R. and thanks for the feedback.
Now, some reading, then to bed. Looking fwd to Bikram in the morning.
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Yet more from Free Play: Improvisation in Live and Art -
“The exploratory spirit thrives on variety and free play – but many of our institutions manage to kill it by putting it into small boxes. They tend to divide learning into specializations and departments. A certain amount of specialization is necessary to handle any large task, or a large body of knowledge. But the barriers we set up between specialties tend to become overdeveloped. The professions acquire an inertial mass that deadens everything they touch. We confront a proliferation of disciplines and –ologies, most of which function to protect their own professional turf. We fragment learning at the expense of the richness and flexibility that should be inherent in a living body of knowledge.
One of the many catch-22’s in the business of creativity is that you can’t express inspiration without skill, but if you are too wrapped up in the professionalism of skill you obviate the surrender to accident that is essential to inspiration. … It is possible for an artist to have stupendous technical prowess, to be able to amaze and delight audiences with dazzling virtuosity, and yet there is – something lacking. We all at one time or another have had the experience of hearing a fantastically impressive performance of a concerto, in which this mysterious something is not there. ...
On the other hand, most of us have also had the experience of hearing an unsophisticated performance that may be full of wrong notes, or a piece of child-song, or performance by street musician in which we are moved to tears, immobilized with a palpable feeling of awe. “
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From earlier this morning:
Beck reminded me that I'd forgotton about one of my favorite websites: Exploding Dog. TravisM originally showed me this site while we were recording the Box Set -- this site was one of the inspirations for the 'daily drawing' process that became the cover collages for the box set.
A morning of guitar work, then sitting, then carpet disposal with Sandra, Curt, Dean, JT, and Greg in the new SGC workspace.
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