[Dixielandjazz] Re: Improvisation

Nancy Giffin nancyink at ulink.net
Wed Jan 26 21:34:52 PST 2005

Charlie Suhor *wrote: (polite snip) Quoting Alec Wilder.
> "I wish to God that some neurologists would sit down and figure
> out how the improviser's brain works,  how he selects, out of
> hundreds of thousands of possibilities, the notes he does at the speed
> he does--how in God's name, his mind works so damned fast!  And why,
> when the notes come out right, they are right . . .Composing is a slow,
> arduous, obvious, inch-by-inch process, whereas improvisation is a
> lighting mystery.  In fact, it is the creative mystery of our age."

From: Steve barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
<<...Only difference is that composers who are writing tunes do it slowly
deliberately, while those who improvise do it instantly and perhaps
... For real improvisers, (not folks just playing connecting patterns) kinda
like being in a zone...>>

I believe you're right, Steve.
Mr. Wilder wrote out his entire thought while his subconscious mind
controlled his breathing, digested his lunch, and fought off whatever virus
might've been floating in the air.
If the mind can do all that, why can't it improvise "involuntarily" as well?

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