old school take-aways

John’s coverage of our latest adventure was so thorough that there isn’t much left for me to say. But I’d like to briefly highlight a few of the elements that, from my perspective, made for an afternoon of extraordinarily productive music-making:

1. Economy. The basic musical material came down to a simple V-I pattern in c-minor and g-minor. But with variations in orchestration and meter, plus a few key solos, it stretched into a wonderfully varied, colorful narrative.

2. Good collaborators. Not only did these kids bring some serious chops, they brought a real thoughtfulness to the process — and a real empathy for Lucy. (Don’t miss the blog post from Marlise, immediately before this.) And Alexander, our guitar player, just sent me this link.

3. Toy piano. I have never seen seen a better icebreaker. No one could keep their hands off the thing. I’m glad we made the effort to transport and load it in to the venue.

One Comment

  1. becca
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    i cannot even begin to describe how much i love that tiny piano. you might need to invest in a bigger truck if you’re going to be moving it around a lot, though.

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