Time is music planets make: It’s Only A Matter of Time Before I’m Schumann (I proliferate my own insanity)

Here is a story and an insane spin-off project for you (we’ll call it a labor of love, sounds a bit more respectable than elaborate act of desperation). Here we go.

In 1992 I took ballet at a little studio in Maryland, and at the end of the year we had a recital. Nearly everyone who was born in the 1980s experienced this first-hand at least once in their lives so you’d think that 30 years later tracking down something like the name of one of the pieces of music used wouldn’t be absolutely freaking impossible. After all, it’s the internet age – you can find anyone online. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve successfully tracked someone down from some prehistoric part of my life to ask them something random, I have actually gathered quite a plethora of random information this way, it’s kind of awesome. Well, I have met my match.

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And then there was this…

… yeah, the aforementioned “inspiration” that The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett was responsible for. I thought that it might be fun to hear some of that now. Ok… here we go.

This was recorded about 15 years ago (ouch) – it’s nothing fancy or even finished, but it’s a good reminder of what my life was like when I was attempting to do the whole music career thing. Aww, fun times… couldn’t last forever, no one would have ever survived.

Köln Concert Improvisation

Katie Potter, January 2003

Improvisation inspired by Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert

The Köln Concert

As I may or may not have mentioned, I am a piano player. I went to Berklee in Boston, I got really scarily into the jazz thing, and a shifty sketchy time was had by all. But in the process of shiftily sketching my way through a weird catalog of music that was starting to have an intense and somewhat sinister effect on my life, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a few things that I definitely needed to hear.

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