Sunday, March 19, 2006

Empty and Marvelous

Empty and marvelous is a phrase from one of Zen practitioner and philosopher Allan Watts books. It represents a state of being where desire is gone and only acceptance of the present is known.

In a way, that's what improvisation is about too! We empty ourselves of ego and allow the music to take us away. And we are amazed by this process because it seems that the music has a life of its own - if we let it. This requires a certain attitude. One that many find hard to attain because of the need to be in charge.

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