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Jam session - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 12th, 2007

07:50 am - Jam session

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I stopped by Mr. Spots yesterday evening in order to get some work done on Mercurial, and I got there just as a seemingly lone musician was setting up. Given some of the loud obnoxious stuff they've had there since they put in their new sound-system, I didn't have a lot of hope that I would enjoy my evening.

But, the lone musician was joined by others, including two from Obelisk, a band who I think has a lot of musical talent. And they had a little sign up inviting random other people to join them.

The whole thing turned into a free-form jam-session. There was even a Didgeridoo there. I've seen drum jams before, but there were at least two guitar players, and someone with a drum pad capable of producing a lot of different tones. I was impressed at how well it worked out. It was some of the better live music I've heard in awhile.

Current Mood: [mood icon] enthralled


Date:June 12th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Heh, I was just there the other day, for the first time in a number of years. My life doesn't take me through Ballard very often any more.

For some reason I have a hard time not spoonerising the name into Mr. Spout's Chai Hut and imagining Akbar & Jef behind the counter.
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Date:June 12th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Usually the best music happens when nobody is trying to make it the best music.

I've never been very good at improv. myself, because I can't get myself to get that free on the outside.

That said, I do very much recognize the value of experienced musicians who are all close and know eachother very well. When that happens, there is a very special kind of energy they all give up. Having experienced it both as an audience member and a performer I know it feels great no matter which side of the stage you're on.

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