Tuesday 05 February 2002

Building on a solid foundation

I’ve just been back and re-read Jake’s post about the role of the bassist in “holding the whole band together, while at the same time creating the tension curve for the whole group—determining what’s most important at any given time. There’s still lots of freedom for everyone, but the foundation is clear at least some of the time, and if everyone is listening to each other, it’s clear most of the time.”

At the end, Jake adds “I’ve gone on for far too long, and you can make whatever metaphor you will…” I couldn’t disagree more. It’s a marvellous metaphor, directly applicable to any kind of collective creative endeavor, and I would have been happy to read a lot more. Jake explains something about music and creativity that I’d been unconsciously aware of but never truly understood. Thank you.

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