Blow that horn !
This week’s title refers to the great jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano’s debut album “Tones, Shapes and Colours”.
Joe was one of my teachers years ago. I remember him saying during one of our private sessions together, “You’ve got to BLOW that horn, man !”. Suggesting I change the way I approached playing the saxophone. Simply blowing some air through the mouth piece to produce sound due to the vibration of the reed, is definitely not sufficient. Give it EVERYTHING you have. Yep, the BEST. With enthusiasm, drive and focus…
Take a huge breath and push the air through that tube, like an giant ocean wave… With control though ! Make the entire saxophone vibrate, make your body vibrate, fill the entire room with sound… and the entire Universe while you’re at it…
So, we’re all about linking stuff together these days right ?
I can see the similarity with this MKMMA journey. There’s no way we can do this half way you know… We’ve got to give it all we have. The very best. Everything.
Yet, I found out this week that, even if you give yourself completely, it is necessary to do it in a relaxed way. Like Haanel suggests, relax your muscles, let your light shine… We need to practice this, all-the-time… Stay aware of any tension in the body, and release it, relax. Keep the focus though, the alertness of the mind… Be awake ! That’s where the real power is.
The breath is key
Linking things back to playing a wind instrument. Krishna’s flute, the bansuri, is a hollow tube. You can look straight through it. You’re that hollow tube. Let yourself be played… Stay connected to the breath at all times. Consciously. The exhalation relaxes the body and the mind. Long exhalations people… The inhalation gives energy and inspiration. Bringing the spirit within… To be inspired… You are inspired.
Why do we take our next inhalation ? What’s our inspiration ? why are we here ?
OK, enough…:-) It’s getting late here in Brussels…
Just a few more things.
Tones. I worked on my DMP tonight. And, just before, I took some time to sit, play the harmonium and chant a bit. It felt sooo nice…, the Solar Plexus relaxed and open, and many ideas and inspirations came up.
Shapes and Colours. All over the place this week. I mean, red traffic lights especially… And I’ve been collecting red milk bottle caps – whole milk – for years… And now I know why…:-)
And Links. I really enjoy reading my Master Key brothers’ and sisters’ blogs.
Ellen’s blog is an absolute joy to read…
And let’s not forget Fabiana‘s poetic descriptions.
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