QOTD - Duncan, 5/5/00
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 5 May 100 20:40:38 -0700
Subject: QOTD - Duncan, 5/5/00
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"There is something uncanny about live music, about watching living,
breathing musicians as their music is being born. For all its technical
perfection, a recording is just what it says it is: an accurate but lifeless
replica of a living event. It leaves out the flickering hands, bending
bodies, skilled, exerted breathing; the sharp, almost desparate inhalations
by the horn players; the screek of the pick against the wound strings of
the guitar; the nods, fleet smiles, deft understandings flickering back
and forth between performers. These visual nuances are satisfying in
themselves, but also guide a live listener toward the intent of every
silence and sound. And there is a cumulative effect to the best live music.
One piece sheds light on another, like stories in a strong collection, till
your ears begin to master a lexicon. And when song after song reaches
climax after climax, energy is not only generated, it's congealed,
distilled, intensified, like sunlight passing through a magnifying glass.
The sounds burn clear through the mind and hit you somewhere deeper. That,
at least, is the alchemy concert-goers hope for. What can't be described,
of course, is what a band does to put a listener in this state. We call
it music but so what? Music is just a word for something we love largely
because it consists of things that words can't express. Likewise, the
heart is just a word for something in us that music sometimes touches.
But once these two somethings, heart and music, do touch, there is only
one of them."
-David James Duncan, "My One Conversation With Collin Walcott"
(from the collection RIVER TEETH)
© 2000 Peter Langston