This site was created as a platform to share my thoughts on music and politics; my music; and to connect with fellow sax players committed to sharing ideas about the soprano saxophone.
"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited." - Steve Lacy
Podcast for Rhizome's 2022 Catalytic Sound Festival with Layne Garrett
411 Kent - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 8:00PM
Monday, April 27, 2020
Thoughts on Music - Episode 14: Yes, You May. Giving Yourself Permission
Here, I'm discussing ways to address our fears.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Thoughts on Music - Episode 13: Traveling the Highway of Success (Three Common Routes)
Here, I'm discussing three common routes that one can take when aiming to travel the highway to success.
Route 1: We can choose to take the congested roads, equipped with bumper to bumper traffic, not going anywhere in a hurry.
Route 2: We can choose alternative routes that might take longer, but at least we’ll arrive at our destination in a good state of mind.
Route 3: We can choose to wait things out, until the proverbial traffic dies down, and opt to embark on a journey that’s more strategic.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Thoughts on Music - Episode 12: Acute Practicing Versus Chronic Practicing
Here, I'm discussing the differences between acute practicing and chronic practicing.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Thoughts on Music - Episode 11: Three Tiers of Practicing
Tier 1: Practicing to ACQUIRE knowledge and skillsets that enable you to improvise.
Tier 2: Practicing to PLAY great improvisations.
Tier 3: Practicing to GET OUT OF THE WAY OF great improvisations.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Thoughts on Music - Episode 10: Three Levels of Consciousness While Playing Jazz (or Imrpovising
Here are three levels of consciousness we want to always have at our disposal when playing jazz--especially improvised music. 1. Self-consciousness 2. Group-consciousness 3. Sub-consciousness
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