Hey folks. I posted something last Sunday,- thinking ” well, I had better post something because it has been a week….” and I posted some half- constured, incomplete detritus. You may have thought ” troutsongs has completely lost his marbles.”
Troutsongs was too tired from giving his best performances during parent-teacher conferences, and was perhaps under the influence of sleep catch-up. ( sleep ketchup? sounds like a good name for a band!)
Now, I hope to salvage this detritus into real, useful mind-compost, so you can grow your own, useful ideas, which in turn can blossom into more arcane metaphors.
I was thinking about what a musician needs to know: in the vernacular, playing ability often called “chops”.
ie.” That young bass player sure has solid chops!”
But what kind of chops?
how many kinds of chops( there are?)( are there) ?
I remember a rant by one of my heros, Rahsaan ROland Kirk.. discussing ‘hip chops”
Poem ” what kind of chops?”
pop chops. eclectic chops… solo chops
waltz chops. (i can write a waltz. maybe nothing else!) (w)riting chops .
..listening chops ….spatial chops.. silence chops.
When Brian Roessler pulls one arco note,
from the bottom of his large wooden tree/bass,
What are your chops?
has speakin’ chops!
guitar man with Ock chops
what are your chops?
synescalatoria ! Carei Thomas has laughing chops!
scalar chops… lyrical chops…
When Donald Washington and Sean Egan do clarinets at once
with trombonist Steve Sandberg… it is harmony chops – living , pulsing chordal chops….
“out” or “in ” chops..
but could it be the most important chops
how we live?