Sessions from heaven and hell, a thought
The sessions from heaven and hell certainly generated much discission and a few hilarous stories. I was thinking earlier that the main cause for all the conflict and indeed the driving force behind the sublime experiences is connection. Lack of connection, from the most basic as being in tune or time, through to playing blindly to what the other players are seeking to create will always be a ‘session from hell’. A deep connection, the ‘great craic’ we all aspire to is the passing beyond the conscious and mundane to a state of interconnectedness and oneness (man) is the typical ‘session from heaven’.
So, if we want to foster the latter then we have to check our egos at the door and be a willing prticipant in a group dynamic that is bigger than ourselves. Instrumentalists, it isn’t about how fast you can play a million triplets, accompanists, no-one is listening for a clever chord or two.
This of course goes against everything we have been trained to be in our vain glorious self centred society. In a sense, the session is a reflection of our community, or lack therof.
Anyway, call me a hippy (I am) ot whatever, but I think it all comes doen to serving the session, not expecting it to serve you. Then, at moments of perfection, the infamous craic will be known.