identi-key

Sometimes people talk about different keys of music as if they are distinct emotions. Sister Rosetta Tharpe said B is the sad key, in an interview once, Dylan said E minor is the mystical key. Where do people get this certainty? And maybe it is true, but they seem equally sad or mystical to me. I’ve tried checking this out, paying attention to whether I have an emotional response, is there something I can articulate about this key or that key? And there is something emotional but isn’t that the potential for all music in any key? Plus each instrument affects the player by unique ways they are laid out physically. To play in E is different for the hands than to play in F etc. and that has a certain emotional response, me anyway. I do like the idea of this though, maybe because I just like the idea of music having super powers because it does. Like when the humans play 3 notes to aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and then the alien ship responds with 2 notes that complete the phrase.

 

feel it in my bones

there is a storm coming, feel it in my bones, but that isn’t true. no such thing as angels or various invisibilities, except the forces of nature, like distractions in improvising. still, people sacrifice lives just to prove their point about angels etc.. talk about the joke is on you. I feel it in my bones, just more going wrong. could just as easily go right. who makes warnings about feeling it in their bones when things proceed alright. certain distraction always there in improvising, tuning into it and forgetting about it is the trick (assuming maybe it is a trick). as always, the final word sits in that old book from China: if you don’t change direction you might end up where you are heading.