The Prodigal Altar Boy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

27 November 2011 - Happy Birthday, Jimi!

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-34 Days to Go
27 November 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Watched  Karen Everett’s Week 2 video, keys to structuring a character-driven documentary, a topic-based film, and a hybrid documentary
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Warm-up on the MojoCaster
Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing – Living Colour version
It’s Your Thing – Isley Brothers
“So What” – Miles Davis
Pat Metheny – Etude #1 bars 1-4 20X
Jimi Hendrix – “Hey Joe” Happy birthday, Jimi. 
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
20 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Granby Street” – 3X on the MojoCaster, focus on lyrics, tempo and ending
“Dies Irae” – 20X  in groups of five, allowing me to focus on execution
“Dies Irae” – Concentration on octave climbs, the dyads and chord beginning and ending.
Am – D7 chord progression, pulling in palm mute A and A octave and D bass.  This progression continues to fall into place. 
A Dorian riff  - this riff seems smaller still compared to the chord progression built around it.  Still should multitrack this riff against the chrod progression. 
Total Time:  45 minutes

Today is Jimi Hendrix’s birthday.  While people in the know recognize Jimi’s impact on the world, for many Jimi Hendrix is something pigeonholed in music or the Sixties, or psychedelia, or the hippie movement, etc., Jimi had a global impact.  He had to go all the way to  England to get his due, he had a Danish girlfriend, and would have played with Miles Davis (pre-Bitches Brew) had he lived long enough.  When I listen to Jimi’s recording of Doriella Du Fontaine, I hear the Rosetta stone predicting the fusion of rock, funk, spoken word and looping.  On that track, Lightnin’ Rod laid down gangsta rap before there was any.  Buddy Miles and Jimi locked into a groove that did exactly what it was supposed to do, hold up the rhymes; nothing more and nothing less.  They would loop that groove long before samplers, and throw down a break right when needed.  Check out Jimi’s rendition of Johnny B. Goode, where he would yank the lyrics back to Chuck’s original version and sing, “…lived a colored boy named Johnny B. Goode…”

Jimi, I miss you.  Happy birthday.