Hello everyone -
This will be my first post; hope I'm doing it correctly. Let me know
if I'm not.
Will just add a couple of thoughts on this topic of sessions (one that
has occupied my thoughts much as of late). I would venture to say
that sessions are great entertainment vehicles and serve a fine
purpose as community builders (both for players and non-players), but
I don't think they do a whole lot to support creativity in the music.
Without creativity or the recognition that it's important for the
music to develop, I think we'd be missing the most wonderful facet of
We're fortunate to have some tremendous players around here (Raleigh -
Chapel Hill - Durham) to listen to and learn from but this is
difficult to do in a session environment. Periodic "non-sessions"
which follow Michael Robinson's "single player" concept have a
definite place, at least in my mind. It harks back to the quote from
Kevin Burke posted some few weeks back about older Clare players
playing only in their homes, for themselves, not as entertainment but
as very personal expression. I'd say about 95% of my playing is done
this way (meaning alone), maybe 5% with others (from whom I learn a
terrific amount I might add - thanks folks!). Certainly players like
Tommy Potts rarely played in public (for a number of reasons of which
I'm aware) but have had a profound impact on the idea of creativity in
the music even so. I would be curious as to the amount some of you
others play "alone" and why (just practicing, playing or what?).
Well, hope I'm not off track.
Bill Auld in the Raleigh, NC area ...