Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shrieking Animal Sounds

"It reminds me of a story told about the great soprano sax player Sidney Bechet, who lived in Paris in the 1950s. He would practice scales and arpeggios for hours every day, but at the end of his sessions he would pause, and then launch into wild, shrieking animal sounds for the final minutes. A neighbor once asked him about this and Bechet responded, 'Sometimes I think what we call music is not the real music.'"
-David Rothenberg, "Serenading Belugas in the White Sea," Orion, January/February 2008

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