How would you describe your musical conception behind this record?
In this record I wanted to bring together that improvisatory element. It made me happy because it let me utilize the gift that I had to set a stage for people.
I had to understand that my direction was to set the stage you know, not like me being the main protagonist, even though my name is on the record I don’t see myself being the chief protagonist of it. And really that’s the nature of my musical conception right now. And that’s the nature of this recording the prelude. Preludes in classical music were traditionally pieces used to introduce larger works to come. Something I learned actually was that preludes were actually improvisatory in nature. So you find when you work with the dealings of daily life you can’t help but have those elements show up in who you are as a person.
What’s the name of the piece you played?
The piece is called Sands of Time/Fest and it was like a time thing I was talking about but it was also for right now. It’s kind of about the party aspect of death (chuckles), which is strong in New Orleans, the idea of partying by kind of like killing yourself. People get really intoxicated on certain subjects, sometimes it’s like your almost destroying yourself but you see it as pleasurable or you could be experiencing it as pleasurable because of the circumstance.
What are your views on where the world is headed?
Everything we actually do is wearing away on us even our thoughts. We could be thinking one way like “I don’t have all of this stuff, my life could be so much better. Even just thinking like that instead of having a thought of gratitude or love it’s like your having that thought and that drains us. We’re strong, We’re spiritual beings and we need love, we need sound, music, flavor, connection, language you know. We need these intangible things to fill us because your wallet is not the testament. What’s in the wallet? I got seven dollars, but that ain’t what its all about.
What is seven dollars in relationship to the sun? You know what I’m saying? 'Pointing at the sun' That makes me feel good. How ever I got here, I’m allowed to experience this—that’s serious!
What’s Your EP about?
There’s pieces on my EP that are dedicated to the sun and I try to bring myself back to the fact. When I wake up I need tostop and be thankful for that. But that’s more of the spirit. It takes a lot of head bashing to kind of get to the point where your open enough to be like “let me chill out and be thankful for something separate. We all go through it, we’re still in it so I try to use the music.That’s what I was thinking when I made that song. Sands of Time/Fest on the Prelude EP, Spring 2016!
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