FLIGHT – Piano and Guitar Improvisation | AsteriskedMusic.com


“Flight” is about the essential nature of invention.

"Bird Flying in Blue Sky with Clouds," by an unnamed photographer. A photo depicting flight.
“Bird Flying in Blue Sky with Clouds,” by an unnamed photographer.


There is, in the most powerful creative endeavors, a process that takes place that the ancient Hermeticists projected as being tied to the nature of existence itself. Creative endeavor is an activity tied to the existence of life itself, and all life – advanced life, in any case – can be thought of as the emergence of the new from the pursuit of completion. That’s what creativity is. In Hermetic terms, this process takes place through the interplay of the male and female principles. This occurs on the level of biology, psychology, philosophy, politics, even, one could say, on the level of quantum physics – that is, consciousness and connected beingness interacting with one another to generate what we think of as the substrate. The reason this piece is called “flight,” is because it portrays, as an example of this, man’s invention of the airplane. In a conversation I had not long ago, a colleague of mine mentioned that one of the Wright brothers was driven to succeed in the face of repeated failure because the woman he was enamored with had lost faith in him – a faith that he felt he had to restore at all costs. I have not verified this story, but it is a plausible one. Because of universal process of completion taking place in the context of the human species, gravity, which¬†once bound by man to a radius of about a hundred miles in his life, was now simply the thing that kept the plane from drifting into outer space, as he enjoys his flight from New York to Moscow.

Some Notes on this Piece

Recently, I’ve decided to include a guitar track in my pieces. In “flight,” the guitar sort of symbolizes the idea of flight that becomes a tangible reality as the piano track transitions from the slow, plodding thinking to the dynamic emergence of the factual projection underneath.