Sunday, August 18, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I listen to the music of the rain
To the hollow percussive sound of its drops on the leaves
Above the luscious leafage of the trees
A moment of a drop
Out of its eternal showers
Slowly glides on top of one leaf
Clinging onto its felt-like surface
For another shattered fragment of time
And in the background, a lonely bird laments
The suffering-song of its existence
(translated from Hebrew)
מִתַּחַת לַשְּׂמִיכָה הַחֲמִימָה
אֲנִי מַקְשִׁיב לִנְגִינַת־הַגֶּשֶׁם
לִנְקִישָׁתָן הַחֲלוּלָה שֶׁל טִפּוֹתָיו עַל הֶעָלִים
מִתּוֹךְ נֵצַח מִמְטָרָיו
מַחְלִיקָה לְאִטָּהּ מֵעַל עָלֶה
לְעוֹד רְסִיס שֶׁל זְמַן
וּבָרֶקַע מְקוֹנֶנֶת צִפּוֹר בּוֹדְדָה
14 יוני 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Outside, behind the barred windows of my room, the greenery of the trees can be seen, and their branches are moving in the wind. I can lie down like this for hours and look at the leaves fluttering above the branches – their sight calms my soul, and sometimes I fall back asleep. How easy it is to forget and ignore the things which are so wonderful, like the swaying of the quivering leaves above the branches of the trees as they are nodding in the wind.
It seems like writing doesn’t happen now by itself. It requires great mental strength, and because of my mental fatigue I find it more difficult to write. Daily worries create mental fatigue in which the danger of dissipation of inspiration lies. Yesterday after I came back home in the evening I wanted to sit and write, but did not have the energy to do so. I lied in my bed, under the light-blue blanket, and watched the leaves in my window which were lit by the street lamp posted outside above the pavement. It felt good and was the only thing I wanted – to lie down by myself in peace and quite and look at them while they are thatching the chambers of my soul.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Stella by Starlight (Young) - Practice Recording
April 28, 2013: Originally, I planned to document in The Not So Well Tempered Clavier Improvised Diary only my work related to Bach, but very quickly I found myself using this diary to share practice recording of jazz standards which I end up playing after reading Bach and working on sequences developed from his Preludes and Fugues. Below is a practice recording of Easy to Love (Porter).
Easy to Love (Porter) - Practice Recording
April 21, 2013: It seems that this is becoming a sort of a diary inside a diary, or maybe some kind of a log documenting my work on the Bach project. I thought about including a nine-page transcription of a dream which I had on April 12, but in the end decided it would better fit in the second volume of OneTime, the book i have been working on since 1989. Instead, I am sharing two practice recordings of Tune Up (Davis) which followed my Bach practicing a week and a half ago.
Tune Up (Davis), Take 2 - Practice Recording
Tune Up (Davis), Take 1 - Practice Recording
April 5, 2013: I'm sharing today two practice recordings from Wednesday's session, one of another improvisation in G# Minor, and another of Autumn Leaves, which is on my "To Record" list:). Btw - you can download any of these tracks by right-clicking on the screen as they play and saving them to your hard-drive.
Improvisation in G# Major
April 3, 2013: I have recently started working on my new Bach project: The Not So Well Tempered Clavier - Improvisations inspired by Bach's Preludes and Fugues in twelve ascending keys. In this diary I will familiarize myself with practice recording takes and share my work process. At the moment, the work involves playing through Bach's Well Tempered Clavier and working on elements which inspire improvisation, such as his wonderful sequences and themes of his Fugue. Below is the first two practice recordings, an improvisations in G# Minor and G# Major.
Improvisation in G# Minor
Improvisation in G# Major