It’s not all about the art. Sometimes it’s about the music, too.
It seems to weave in and around my life and I think it is something else that I am recently starting to realise has influenced my work.
As this is a blog about my practice, I must write about the music.
There are the gigs (Django Django being a recent favourite and New Year’s party on Brighton Beach featuring Fat Boy Slim many years ago) and there are the playlists (featuring Grimes, Little Dragon and Battles) as well as the stack of CDs given to me from friends that know I like to discover new tunes. When I work, there must be music. If I can’t decide, then I just tune into 6 Music.
For over a year, I have been playing with the Edinburgh Samba School. I wrote a post several months ago about this fun little group that likes to drum its way around and about town and beyond. Last night, we had an amazing party, one in which I had the honour to help arrange. Okay. Early yesterday, I most certainly was not calling it an ‘honour’ and in fact, I was about ready to rip out every single little hair on my little head. As the night unfolded, as the Beginner band members lined up with excitement and slight intrepidation, as the crowd of friends waited for us to begin, I thought to myself ‘I really love this.’ And so, the night went on, the room filled to capacity and we drummed and danced our little hearts out.
There is a song that the official band play called ‘Burn ’em’ where we build up to a crazy frenzy, drop the sound completely, then literally jump back into action. The crowd weren’t expecting this and when it happened the atmosphere in the room went super stellar.
I am thankful that I am a part of this wonderful group of people. Many friendships have developed as a result and I’m sure that many more will as the months roll on. Our next massive event will be the Cavalcade on July 22nd where yours truly has signed up to be on that committee as well. I’m sure the days leading up to it will turn me into a complete stress head. On the day I know it will go swimmingly.
So. This is what I do in my free time, in my work time, in between point A to point B. I plug my ears into something interesting and move like there’s always a song in my head.