Saturday, January 27, 2018



January 20, 2018
Haywire! - The Boss Martians [from 13 Evil Tales]

Just like The Ventures, but with added Wailers ultra-fat B3 organ sound.

Banned Rehearsal 624 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Isabel K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [November 2001]

ringy metal sound catalyzes
loopy background hockets
(K's Vistalites sound great)
counterpoint for chimney solo
even with all the noise the trombone made me jump

sneeze patent pending

this is an instrument and I am playing it as though it were true

feedback is a structural component of these melodies
like a game with ground or pedaltone
hide and seek
dramatic focus
instant sympathy

comings and goings
who is here now?

we do not know how the room will tune the mix
play what is wonderful in any mix
that's how to get that Banned Rehearsal sound

are we at the edge yet?

Erie Canal - Bruce Springsteen [from The Seeger Sessions]

gets to a big rousing chorus because everybody loves to sing this

Banned Rehearsal 789 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [April 2011]

a very tiny drum roll is the basis for all aspects of this
percussion ensemble develops as a dissipation

bundle tightly bound by the weak magnetical-sonical-gravital force

gets weird

fluctuates real quiet-like

wide open uncompressed space

finally the fife

melody a game like chase
to follow

get out of the way of the really small

A Song for Firefighters - Denise Glover [from Pathways]

How does one treat of the personal sublime? Perhaps this.

January 22, 2018
The Eighte Pavian - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

Long, elegantly long, elegantly long negotiated phrases with literal, flat-line, by the book, phrase end markers, as custom dictates, fits or not. Ta. Da.

The more central to the structure of the whole they are, the more plainly they are made. Clarity the watchword.

Christians Fight On Your Time Ain't Long - Sam Butler [from Alan Lowe's Really The Blues]

steel on guitar spring-loads the song
winds up tight

ready to bust out

Washington Talkin' Blues - Woody Guthrie [from Columbia River Collection]

"Lotsa good rain"

"Ain' no money changin' hands / just people changin' places".

(hard times)

Love's Old Sweet Song - The Voices of Walter Schumann [a Rescued Record]

Back in the way-back-when, when soft-jazz was blatantly advertised as seduction's soundtrack. Would you like to come up and see my etchings?

Mama Said - The Shirelles [from The Shirelles Anthology]

The first line turns around on itself every time, all wrapped up grammatically. This allows the verses to tell their stories. A well-played Chuck Berry trick.

Love Me - Billy Stewart [from The Best of Billy Stewart]

Recording contracts, labels, the star system: how the economics of the recording industry and the economies of touring musicians collided mid-century. No wonder the business is in such a mess.

Concertina - Weber - Tillicum Jr. High School Band, Bob Runyan, Paul Eisenbrey [from my mom's private tape]

How operatic! When that tutti comes in it by god COMES IN!

Walk Along The Heavenly Road / I Am A Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow - The Phillips Wonders [from The Art of Field Recording Vol. 1]

lean in to that portamento half step slide
so we know where we are
and a fussing baby in the back
music as what we are about when we are about doing what we do

Unnamed Track 3 - The Empire Brass Quintet [from American Brass Band Journal Revisited]

This one sounds vaguely Straussian (JS not RS). Trumpet imitates a violinish cross-string arpeggio.

Banned Rehearsal 70 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Neal Kosály-Meyer [March 1986]

three treatises
fallback position: parallel play planned and strayed from
the Oboe Roi makes its appearance blatant as blatant could be
throbbing heater throb
quiet quacker
squeaking the furniture

toy piano: how presciently up to fashion!

long sung tones tongue shaping mouth to elicit partials for flute long tones to intermessaround with

coming down from a high sort of tape
intent on hanging out near the floor

continues to be about exact intonation (yes I really mean that)

we play, Neal and I, the kazoos of eternal eloquence
Karen keeps us free of ground on ukelele string strung cat's cradle

we pause to readjust our positions and instruments

Anna sings a song with dulcimer appalachienne

we pause again to readjust and discuss

the clavichord when it was new and in the same room
soulful bass ocarina to ukelele choir
conversation among tempos

avante rhythm duel in dual microphony

speaks in the past pawntificate

big snake lumbers past

let the dead bury the || feedback has been summoned again || becomes magic

January 23, 2018

Hillbilly Drummer Girl - The Young Fresh Fellows [from Electric Bird Digest]

My wife has taken the name as an alter ego.
song: A character sketch with very little fat on it.

Banned Rehearsal 436 - Isaac E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [October 1996]

huge in your face not easy to fit in the alotted space box canyon then to deeper waters veggie choked
Karen with drummer girl grin - ca. 1996
rock slide panic mode twisted river cramped for space
hardly lets up every few moments a new crazy enters tape
like a country slaughtered hog every part used e'en the oink
a heap of anything
acres of it
bits and scraps of old sounds and old agendas old activities crammed together shoved in clown car Tokyo subway no respite blot it blatt sax into cassette distortion far from easy listening commute music

and yet it is about sensibility, in the sense that an onslaught against all is a form of about-ness, of concerning itself with all

baby finally cries "enough!" or feed me more

we intone
to calm ourselves

In Session at the Tintinabulary

January 22, 2018
Gradus 326 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

fluctuates in the partials like flowing whale fins
ocean tempo
heavy fluidity of waters' resistance
shift of body's weight is shift in thought's weight

gesture in metaphor

in action

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