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Friday, September 10, 2010

Side Project

Do you have a side project?

I saw a home documentary once about improvisational music. Loud, sporadic, awful, out-there kind of sound. That was the sound. The musicians - an old man, his family, and a few close friends. Simply Beautiful. At a live show i could imagine people being on one side of the rope or the other. You were either listening to them and asking yourself what in the world are they doing? Or your watching them and telling yourself that you want to do something with the people you love Right Now! and you don't care what it is.

My favorite part about Rockumentaries have to be the behind scenes interviews. Not the bullet point press interviews where they guy kind of brushes you off with some weak small talkie type responses. The ones i like there is guy sitting in a lawn chair, telling you a story about the time him and his friends stole their grandmothers truck so they could carry the amps. 15miles in next to a field  they run out of gas. She's the only person they know; they call her up. "Grandma can you please find someone to come get us? and uhhh... we kinda got your truck"  Grandma rescues her grandson plus the band and decides shes up and out of bed she might as well come to the show! There's nothing like playing for your family. Someone will tell a story about how they prepare or what its like to spend three weeks in a car making up small games. Games about town signs. The way to eat food with only your left hand. And of course all the interestingly speaking/dressed people who are constantly moving in and out of sight... Then he gets up out of the lawn chair and takes you to a wall of cd's and goes right to a particular one. He opens it up. Puts on something you wouldn't expect. Don Mclain, Son House, Link Wray, Woody Guthrie. What he's hearing is more than any sound, more than music, his heart is in total agreement. The song takes him and all along the way his mind quietly studies. He is time traveling. Suddenly he snaps out of it, nods his head "yup thats it right there."

The interview i saw on the improvisational doc was guy who wanted to play as much as he could. He worked at a restaurant as a cook. It could of been a laundry mat or a convenience store didn't make a difference as long as it was a job that didn't require him to do anything extraordinary.  But in fact how he approached it was the extraordinary part. He showed up to pay his bills so he could play music. Work+Bills=more music. He was finical set to do what he wanted to do. And his bosses loved him. He didn't complain, came to work on time, made some delicious food and made the playlist in the kitchen. Went home picked up the guitar, end of story. His side project which, was initially music became his work, and the restaurant became more like a side project. A co-pilot.  So i ask you again. Do you have a side project?

My side project timeline:

work: landscaping/ print shop -> side project: autobiography through poetry and short stories
work: landscaping/print shop -> Side Project: Performing/Distributing/Marketing my first book
work: landscaping/print shop -> side project: Xtreme Bean Espresso
work: Xtreme Bean Espresso -> side project: Music CD/ Painting/ Hello Bird

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