Obviously, this is not my composition, just my performance. I’ve done one other on SoundCloud, and tomorrow night I’ll probably do this on the OP-Z. I don’t know why, but his entire series ofcompositions from 1960 fascinate me. I’ve got a #jamuary track from the 24th, too, that I need to upload.
Day 18 was a travel day. After 18 hours awake, when I got home I just didn’t have it in me. Day 19 is on our Steinway, which I haven’t practiced in over a week, and it shows.
These are not jams, this is me trying to understand the tape feature of the OP-Z.
Now that I’ve reached the halfway point in the month with this, I’m seeing some trends in my work. It’s easy to start to get stuck in a rut, especially because I’m timid about trying new things — like today’s sketch. I had in my mind clearly what I wanted to do, and I think with this sketch I got close. It’s all pretty basic looping stuff, but I’m triggering the muting and unmuting of each track by hand, and in fact this is two patterns (one without the running high hats, one with) with different tracks in each pattern muted. It’s going to take some practice before I can do that kind of manipulation quickly and in-tempo — I have a lot more regard now for the other OP-Z players I’m seeing on Instagram and YouTube!
So, I don’t do the New Year’s resolutions thing; I never have. Instead, I try to step back every year around my birthday in late summer and take stock of the previous year, and look ahead to what’s going on. This year I made a conscious decision to try to set reasonable monthly goals for myself and see how I did at the end of each month. I’ve been using a modified bullet journal for goal-setting and tracking for the previous year, doing a bit more up-front planning and thinking and reflecting at the beginning of each month. How it went