I set a date and put up a notice in the Jay News and now I have 12 people who are going to watch my first rehearsal of “Into the Adirondacks”, a Percussive Art Performance Piece.
I’m limiting it to 12 because I don’t want a lot of audience and I only have 12 chairs, otherwise I’ll have to scramble for more. If I get more than 12 I’ll see if I can get enough to have another rehearsal of the performance in several weeks, which is what I want to do anyway.
I want to hone my performance until this summer when I will perform it at an opening in the gallery along with new art, pottery and books.
This performance piece really means a lot to me, it’s as important as any of my art works or books. First off, its current. Its a current work, its where I am at the moment. It speaks of who I am, and how I perceive the world. Although I’ve had 8 years or so of drum performances under my belt, 6 years with Mountain Drum, its always been within a group. This is totally on my own, my own rhythms, ideas and words. “Into the Adirondacks”, is or course Adirondack inspired, from just living and hiking in the mountains. Two of the current pieces have poems with them, when I write some new pieces after this performance, I will have more with poems in them.
When Mountain Drum broke up, I was practicing the tunes we used to play, but I was playing some of the other parts that I wasn’t playing. Being in a band like that, you pretty much just play your part in each tune, so it was like learning and discovering totally new rhythms.
One day I was playing on the deck when I just got into a groove while looking at the apple blossoms on my tree, the sky was blue, spring colors were moving up the mountains, the bees were humming around the tree and just found a groove and it turned into my first rhythm, “I Just Love Fruit”. It was written for all fruit, but inspired by my apple tree.
Unfortunately I make no income from the drumming, its just a hobby. But one never knows.
Finished a painting……”Whiteface from Coperas Pond”.
I’m still working with my colored pencils and ink and hope to have a beginning drawing finished soon.
Sue is making production pottery and doing work for Adirondack Life Magazine. She’s presently making a master for their Photography contest trophies, which are bowls of her’s with the Adirondack Life logo on them……
Here is Sue working under a magnifier on the master. From this she will create a plaster mold in which she can impress clay to attach to the bowls. This master has really presented some problems and this is her third cast, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed on this one. For some reason some of the plaster was staying in the mold. Friday, March 11, Learning to Blog What a day. Can’t complain. I was in my head, because I had chores to do and had to check on my Mom and that took longer than usual because she was very tired and her back was out. So I was with her for quite awhile till she felt better.
I didn’t leave the house until 1pm because I was glued to CNN and the quake and tsunami. I also didn’t want to venture out onto my slippery driveway which was a coat of ice from the rain.
I just took care of a little web work and am anxious to experiment more with my colored pencils and ink ideas……I’m including a view of my sketchpad…..here.
I wouldn’t say this idea has been torturing me for plus three years now, but it’s sure been on my mind and I haven’t quite known what to do with it. It deals with trees, without leaves. It deals with personalities and the transient nature of everything. I want to be able to print the images that I make with this idea. Be it either individually or in a book with poems. We’ll see.
I see that Sue has made two wonderful oval platters, that are sitting on the slab roller. I’m sure she must have thrown the forms and then altered them. They look really nice. I’m glad I’m able to put up images again. I don’t know if it was the blog program or the way I’m program, however I checked it out and it was working so I snapped a couple of photos. It’s so effortless to this when it works rightly. I’m going to devote this weekend to recording my new rhythms and getting them onto my website…… I have a couple up there presently, but I’m recording much better now and I’ve refined the rhythms since I posted those tunes. I would like to perform what I’ve prepared. I have nine original Adirondack Inspired rhythms, two that have accompanying poems and I’ve added a tenth tune, an old Mountain Drum tune that I’ve arranged for a solo player. It’s a thirty minute program. My goal is to write another nine and arrange one more old tune and make an hour long program and take it on the road. I’m thinking next Saturday night, I’m going to advertise in the Jay news for an audience and I’ll limit it to about 10 or 12. I want to practice in front of people and get use to it again.