The blank page

Dinner this weekend with David Amaral, who has a fantastic professional sound studio lurking in the basement of his otherwise normal-looking house. He’s the founder of Global Note Music and does sound for commercials, books-on-DVD, and other stuff. BUT before all that he played bass professionally for decades, in all kinds of interesting groups.

He got a gig with a well-known Boston area musician whom I will leave nameless. Said musician sent him tapes to study. David did his homework and learned to reproduce the bass lines exactly. But then at rehearsal, said musician broke off one song and to exclaim “David! You’re playing too many notes!” Their professional relationship was fairly brief.

The process by which a musical group creates a song, starting from scratch, fascinates me. In fact, any creative endeavor fascinates me. Chess, of course. Writing. Even the often trivial writing form of blogging puts you to the test every day. Every day you are confronted with the same starting place: That blank page. Funny how the blank page can take on its own personality (menacing, stony, inviting) depending on how your creative juices are flowing on a given day.

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6 thoughts on “The blank page

  1. Funny how the blank page can take on its own personality (menacing, stony, inviting) depending on how your creative juices are flowing on a given day.

    It’s a nuisance that we can’t be consistently as good as our potential everyday. But that’s part of being human, I guess (an odd coincidence that I’m IM’ing a friend about dealing with human nature).

    In regards to blogging, this is why having posts in reserve is so handy. Some days (or weeks), you just don’t got it!

  2. I think the reference probably is to the Celtic woman post, but you should take it with a grain of salt. Not only does the comment itself make zero sense, but if you go to the poster’s blog, he is trying to pass off a mugshot that has been floating around the internet for several years now as a recent picture of himself.

  3. Thanks – I think the mugshot is supposed to be funny, and I after some thought I believe the reference is to a particular story on csoonline.com. But I’d like some clarification on that and where the “scorn” is happening, ’cause I haven’t seen it.

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