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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #175 - It's Like Jazz

11.21.12

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

It's Like Jazz


Hearing creative people describe their efforts as "like jazz" can
quickly become tiresome. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get it. You have tried
to balance composition and improvisation. You developed themes and
then approached the articulation of those themes with a sense of
whimsy, of play -- a spirit of experimentation. Great. But maybe, just
maybe, you were sorta kinda just unprepared? Maybe you took a leap
into the unknown and hoped for the best and something came out of it
that was kind of good, and perhaps not quite what you expected, and
you were pretty happy with it, and perhaps realized that it might even
be better than what you are capable of when you do try to control
everything? How about it? Be honest. And, sure, to wrangle that
possible chaos into something coherent takes a certain level of skill
and a definite surfeit of chutzpah (or cluelessness), but it doesn't exactly
make you Miles Davis, my friend. Sorry.

(Unlike a jazz solo, we're keeping it short this week. But, like a
jazz solo, there will be some ups and downs.)

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