The best thing I've done all week is play drums and guitar along with the album "Coltrane Plays the Blues." The first two tunes "Blues for Elvin" and "Blues for Bechet" have totally lit me up!!! I am playing along with them multiple times a day! Seriously! It is like some kind of musical crack.
Rick Considine, my drum teacher, told me to play along with that first track and once again I understand why he is the man and why I travel to Bushwick and sit in a tiny, dimly lit, freezing cold, grungy little practice closet to study with him. Thanks, Rick. Seriously. Thank you for once again blowing my mind.
What makes playing along with these two tunes so great?
- Because playing along with real music is the next best thing to playing real music. Ha! What I mean is, it is the next best thing to playing a gig with your heroes ... and I love playing gigs and love playing gigs with my heroes even more.
- Because the tempos of these songs are MY JAM. These slow tempos speak to my soul. I get so pumped to find music that exists in this slow, spacious land of time. Ben Webster plays a lot at this tempo and he is one of my touchstones. Gillian Welch plays at this tempo. Damn. So much good and soulful music at these slow tempos. It is a kind of soul food for my ears. Delicious. Sweet. Lingering.
Check out the entire Coltrane album here. And you tell me -- What was the best thing you did all week?