Writings

  • Every Moment Of Every Day

    Performance is inherently unlikely. Performance in a context mediated by commerce, within a culture shaped by commercial values, is impossible. Yet, for this working player with an ongoing travelling life (other than at this juncture in our uncertain times), something miraculously takes place nearly every night that KC steps onstage. Likely, this something is different for each…

    Every Moment Of Every Day
  • Conscious Labour And Intentional Suffering

    The Practice Of Becoming Present, also called self-observation, is sometimes referred to as an act of conscious labour. The term is a difficult one, because it seems to imply struggle and effort. Which is true. But the actual practice of this is far lighter, has greater delicacy, and when ‘successful’ is effortless. Then, it slips…

    Conscious Labour And Intentional Suffering
  • The Fall From Musical Grace

    I’m not sure to what extent innocent audients assume that their favourite musicians and artists continue to develop throughout their performing life: personally, musically, creatively. My experience: not all. Some stop, and for various reasons. Perhaps, in mid-life after achieving a degree of professional success, they set themself the aim of “being happy” or “comfortable”.…

    The Fall From Musical Grace
  • Shared Individuality

    In a professional undertaking, the musical “result” is pretty much the sum of individual contributions. In King Crimson the invitation is to join a group, where the outcome of/from the group’s musicking becomes more than the sum of the parts. Remove the individual members, what may be adjudged their contributions to solo work and work…

    Shared Individuality
  • The Observer

    Dear Crafty, Chief Feature will always be there. It’s neither good nor bad in itself, although the repercussions may be otherwise. The repercussions actually shape our lives. It is astonishing to see its effects, over time. One very Experienced Work Person, unaware of their CF, actually declared it to me on a Guitar Craft course…

    The Observer
  • Our Utterly Impersonal Voice

    Giving the public what it is perceived the public wants is a professional undertaking. It has my respect. A good professional can guarantee to play what they know. They can walk onstage and play the possible. Artistry is where we embrace the impossible. Why? Because we have to, it’s who-we-are!If we compromise with that… life…

    Our Utterly Impersonal Voice
  • The Artist Must Be True

    Breakfast at 08.00. Following the arrival of Silence, recapitulating the Six Principles Of The Performance Event. 1.             We take a decision, and something happens. 2.             This intentional something goes better than we might anticipate, and deserve. …

    The Artist Must Be True