there was a time when i figured out how to play the solo to roundabout and my high school friends would gather round my basement room with coloured flood lights, velvet posters, incense and lots of pot and watch me play the solo in real time. thank you very much but now what makes me feel accomplished is finding my external hard drive all a fritz…..and then running a utility program on my mac, guessing which things to check off and which to not check off
Wipe out all data Y/N
and ….presto it all works again. where are my stoned high school pals to applaud? gone to their respective mortgages and cosmetic surgeries.
In the youtube age where every past event has a video (except beethoven) I just discovered Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek, personal hero’s of mine, performing THE WINDUP. (click here to see/listen). Only knowing the recording very well I was convinced it required 3 or 4 hands to play on piano. But now another fantasy crushed – it was just his ungodly independent left hand. For so many years the first story people want to share about Keith Jarrett is that he freaks out if people make noise in concert, cough etc. They call him all sorts of names implying he is immature or arrogant. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jarrett is a super human alien life form. You only need to play piano a little to realize this is an understatement. I’m confident he knows if he tells the people making noise to shut up that some might be shocked but everyone will shut up. The score will be Keith Jarret 1 audience noise 0 which is what it should be because he knows how to get to the magical place and it requires their silence. Didn’t they pay the admission fee so they could go too?