Saturday, March 20, 2010

For the Doctor of Swing

There was much discussion of Gyspy Jazz and if I had paid half as much attention to painting as I did to the bookshelf I would've earned the money the Chicken Man paid me. Django and I have a long history because he obviously swings his fucking ass off and did it with two fingers and the entire musical world against him. These are unpredictable lines...unexpected and he is not afraid to muff a note once in a while. This is a guy who played with a cigarette in his mouth before Keith Richard made that look cool. I have tried for years to play these lines and can't do it. But trying made my own playing unpredictable, like a rebirth every time I pick the guitar up. I seriously have no idea what's going to come out. I actually have the sheet music for this tune and still can't play it on the violin. Grappelli (pronounced Grafelli) has the instincts of a songbird savant.


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