student: do you think improvising is about the future?
teacher: i think it’s more about the now.
student: what’s the now? like you mean right now?
teacher: yesiree bob.
student: i think it’s about the past and the future.
teacher: how is that?
student: because so much was done in the past and so much will be done in the future.
teacher: some say there’s no such thing.
student: they must be crazy.
teacher: i think i understand their point.
student: what’s their point?
teacher: the only thing that actually exists is now.
student: but now isn’t something you can catch, it’s never still, so it doesn’t exist either.
teacher: are you trying to put me out of a job?
student: i’m trying to be a good player.
teacher: you are a good player.
student: so then nothing exists – but here we are apparently existing. how do you explain that?
teacher: what does it matter if you can explain it. can you explain why your heart pumps, why there is a sun, why dogs sniff each others assholes, why gypsy caterpillars hang on threads so thin you could say they float in the air?
student: i exist
teacher: you want a medal?
student: i just want to talk about improvising.
teacher: you’re doing it, do you know what you’ll say next?