The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 27, 2016

Paean, Elegy, Pulse

(attributed to Larsen Brothers) parlor guitar
Guitar was my first instrument, and to this day I return to the
instrument, constantly practicing, working on technique and
scale, exercising left and right hand finger (nails, no picks),
pushing the boundaries as much as possible, keeping the braid of
the piece in site/sight. The three pieces are very different;
paean extends my playing in new directions, elegy uses the
Japanese in scale always yearning for resolution, and pulse uses
a 'clunky' bass line extended and collapsed more or less
rhythmically. This is the best playing I'm capable of, recorded
last night between four and five a.m.; music called. When I can
play like this, I'm happy; if you listen, I'm happier, since
music, my music at least, calls for communality. Paean, Elegy,
and Pulse, are public pieces; they were recorded in this order
in the dead of night. For Azure and Ossi and You.

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