Monasterio Nuestra Senora De Los Angeles (Monjas Dominicas),
Sant Cugat, Spain.
Rising at 06.10. The new configuration of chairs presents an ordered space…
Morning sitting at 07.15.
Breakfast at 08.00.
Silence visited and was accepted, for longer than usual on this course. Director Nunez was asked what he would call for the morning’s work: the Performance Team in the ballroom at 09.15 – 10.45.
The Beginners are addressing the Primaries with Luciano in the Board-Corridor. The Rapidly-Advancing Beginning-Beginners are with Tom in the Chapel. Both at 09.15.
An Alexander group meeting with Pia at 15.00.
Personal meetings are also a feature of today. Mine begin at noon.
A minute after breakfast with Tom expanded into the eternal minute, which was good.
Dr. Mike visited for a catching-up and wide-ranging discussion. An emerging theme of this week and our conversations, is how an insane world judges the sane person as completely mad. For example, to leave an extremely successful position in any field of endeavour to follow a more substantive and necessary undertaking, is clearly crazy. Why not stay where you are, making lotsa money, even where this involves lies, deceit, serving self-interest above that of the people who are nominally served and supported?
I have escaped the lunacy of the music industry three times, and returned after the first two occasions.
The sound of guitars addressing the First Primary is ringing out into the parking space.
It’s a sign!...
… an ambulance has parked right outside Tom’s window. But a sign of what, I’m not sure.
13.04 Four personal meetings, all addressing real concerns.
Lunch is late by ten minutes.
14.05 Silence visited. Good comments offered:
In the Circle yesterday evening, a sense of being played rather than playing; with the freedom to walk away from that (my paraphrase).
A participant feels they have reached another stage: It might be arrogant. It is not arrogance.
I sleep less here than at home. I eat less here than at home. But I have more energy.
And more. Work called for the afternoon…
House Work 14.15
Pia and Alexander at 15.00.
Performance team 15.15.
Advancing-Beginners with Tom.
Tea at 16.00.
Personal meetings follow and T’ai Chi at 18.30.
15.30 Being: a measure of our reliability, repeatability and responsibility.
19.05 Five personal meetings from 16.30. T’ai Chi at 18.30.
An e-mail report of current arisings in New England from Victor.
Dinner is delayed until 19.10. The Great Divide is pressing down.
20.12 At dinner, a presentation of The Driving Force by nine members of the performance project: superb.
Tiramisu, its preparation directed by Roman Al before he left, was well received.
Mention was made of the Fourth Anniversary in one week’s time of the Whizz! in GC, while noting that Director Nunez mentioned yesterday at dinner that the whizz appeared many years ago as the Spazz Circulation. Nevertheless, the Whizz! can be said to have been born in GC on July 19th. 2009 when The Power of the Whizz pulled our Alexander Teacher, Sandra Bain Cushman, off the table from her Alexander-horizontal into an upright position, to see what was going on. And it was going on.
Work called for this evening:
Performance Team in the Corridor of the Tablet.
Beginners in the ballroom with Robert.
Both at 21.00.
22.14 Circulations in a Circle of 18 guitars. Into two groups, down and up beats; three groups and then four. Some considerable difficulties were experienced.
Tom was feeling vicious, so was invited into the Circle to lead a Chromatic Whizzer. Luciano was also looking vicious, and invited in. Alain’s viciousness was growing exponentially, so he also joined. The Circle followed Tom’s directions.
This until c. 22.00. Director Nunez had appeared some 15 minutes earlier, bearing two hats: the Hat of Nunez and the Hat of Chaotic Children. Each contained 16 names on small pieces of paper, the names of those on the Beginners’ course. Several groups were chosen and by names being pulled from the Hats, and given the challenge of preparing and presenting a performance of new material tomorrow evening at 21.00.
Music is primarily a social event. Different communities and cultures organize these events differently. In the West, performance venues have been constructed where the roles of performers and audiences are sharply delineated, performers elevated above the audience. This is part of the concert tradition.
Currently, there is a growing culture of home recitals, particularly in the US, by both well-known and lesser-known artists; this partly in response to the unsatisfactory organization of musical events by commerce. If the performance tomorrow were in a Circle, perhaps the audience would be sitting inside it, and actually part of the Circle.
Downstairs is available for preparation, with windows closed, until 06.00. Preparation for the performance is the main work of tomorrow.
One mosquito bite from the ballroom.
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