Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Week 12 (day 81, 82) - Harriet and Gwilym
She's also very generous. Somehow, she found the time to get me a pile of little presents for my birthday. That was really touching!
Next day I met with Gwilym. That was a very cool hang. He's utterly steeped in Welsh folk music, in particular, Welsh folk dance music. It's amazing! I really love his tone and his time. He's got a great feel. The only thing I could compare it to, would be when I play funk on the trombone. Sort of... hopefully, you get the idea. Anyway, he's also been researching Welsh tunes at the National Library. I think he's collected three little black books of tunes - well over 100 tunes in each book.
It's a subject that he's clearly passionate about. We sat and chatted for most of the afternoon.
He was able to understand what I was doing on the harp (re arrangements and singing) far better than I could. He said it more eloquently but basically, (I have to paraphrase) he said I was playing notes that didn't quite work and then passing through them. And that I was writing counter melodies on the harp. I didn't really know I was doing that.
I suppose that's strange to say, but I mainly work intuitively so I never have a clear vision of where the music is taking me. Gwil gave a path, a direction to move musically which I'm really grateful for.
Oddly enough, I'm the same when I draw. I do know some artists that draw perfectly the first time. Don and Cass both come to mind. They seem to have a clear vision of exactly where each line is supposed to be. But I'm more of a sculptor. I sculpt the image onto the page, all by feeling. All by feeling. I'm the same way with music.
At any rate, Gwil's got massive ears. He listens to a tune once or twice and then just starts playing it. I was floored!
Very cool dude, and we promised to jam again (especially after I learn the tunes he was patiently teaching me).
Next, an epic night at the Cwps...