Hi Folks ;~)
Well, I saw this gig (as well as the London show), and partook in the EVO afternoon here in Manchester with all of the other fine folks present ;~)
Great to meet Paul once again ;~)... I never connected you in my mind with RIFSR!!!
It was once again a real pleasure and an honour to meet with Mr. Vai and listen to everyone's entertaining questions, and Steve's (even more!) entertaining answers.
Steve is always such a grounded, wise and truly humble guy. When chatting it is often easy to forget that here sits someone with virtuoso compositional and guitar skills that truly transcend the realms of the imaginably possible!! (Does that phrase exist in the Universe?!.... Well.... It does now!!!) We are all creative beings with infinite potential..... But this guy really NAILED his!!
I was a little surprised that Steve remembered me after what must be 5 yrs I guess.... but then I did ask him some pretty off the wall questions last time round!!... I was humbled. (Actually I must just be that goddamm butt ugly!!!LMAO!!)
I had had a question for him.... which actually he answered for me at the London gig by explaining the background to the song 'The moon and I'. So really... after 'meditating' on what to ask... it actually came to me that the far more appropriate undertaking would be to thank him for all of the outrageous, insightful, inspiring and uplifting music he has blessed our ears with (I'm sure if I tried hard enough I could find more adjectives to fit in there!!). You see... I took the 'Steve Vai guitar techniques' course at Berklee when it opened last year. The whole thing from start (actually before it started!!) to finish was one of the most inspiring and liberating experiences I have had with music, the cosmos, ME!!, and life here on Planet Earth (at least this time round
), and for this I also wanted to thank him.
My question (oops... I'm rattling on here!!) had been regarding said guitar course. Now.... I need to explain something (else!!) 2 things.
1. I had a pretty tough couple of years starting 4 yrs ago (well... 9yrs ago really... but it got REALLY wild 4 yrs ago!!). My daughter's mother developed serious mental health problems... which kind of destroyed the whole 'family' thing, and I spent 2 years in the courts for our daughter... and more than twice that nurturing my daughter to a state of recovery and understanding. In that time I would spend evenings drifting away in a fantasy that I was playing WILD guitar... effortlessly... and with boundless technique and enthusiasm. I would often be shaking it was so powerful!!... Now I'm pretty good on guitar ... but not THAT good!!!
Fast forward to September 2010... and I'm in the studio... writing MORE music for TV (It's what i 'do'). and I realise I have become pretty uninspired by it... and I feel the urge for something fresh, inspiring and 'new'... So... what do I do?... I calm my mind... get 'into the Vortex'
.... or rather check I'm still in it!!
(as some put it) I look up to the 'Universe'... and I state with unshakable clarity. "Ok... I AM OPEN TO SOME NEW AND MINDBLOWING EXPERIENCE THAT WILL SEND MY INSPIRATION BEYOND THE HEAVENS!!!...BRING IT ON PLEASE!!!" (then I add... 'in whatever way is appropriate in accordance with divine wisdom and the highest good of all'... because I always do!!).... then I go back to the track in hand and forget all about it.
Exactly 3 days later I get an email from Berklee college of music... which is strange because I have never even been to their website... let alone visit the place... In fact.. I've never even been to Boston!!... AND as if that isn't strange enough... the content of said mail is inviting me to sign up for a 'Unique opportunity to study the guitar playing of Steve Vai on a course created and designed by Steve himself!!"... I prompty fall off my chair, remembering my request of a few days ago, look up at the 'Universe'... and say "Well.... you're not beating about the bush here are you!!!!". It's nice when you see the signs that are put in front of you... because I for one usually miss them with spectacular gusto!! (Much to the dismay of those who put them there... tirelessly!!)
So.... I scrape myself off the floor... pace up and down like a mad professor for... ooh... about half a minute... and sign up there and then... after all... who am I to disagree with the universe!!.. especially since they are all jumping for joy at me 'getting' this one!!
Fast forward and the course starts the following January, and during the lessons Steve gradually introduced the students to the concept that... basically... what you think is what you become.... that your thoughts (in particular with regard to any venture, wish or challenge), and more importantly... the emotional quality of those thoughts... shape (create!) the outcome of what ever it is you are trying to achieve, or wishing for!. It made me laugh out loud at the time, given how I'd got there in the first place!! also as this was something I was wholly familiar with from various 'studies' in more esoteric areas that I had undertaken in the past.
It shouldn't have surprised me that here, all of a sudden, when we are all focused on playing guitar, sits Steve and tells us this.... It was awesome, it was instant confirmation that I was in the 'right place' for my inspiration, and it was exceedingly humbling. So, I became intruiged to know where Steve had 'made contact' with this philosophy or 'understanding'. This, of course, he explains in his preamble to the Moon and I.
And of course the magic for me is that I can now play as my fantasies inspired.... and I AM Full of inspiration!!
Oops... I have digressed!!.. Aaaaaaannnnnyyyywwwwaaaaayyyyy!!. It was great to meet Steve again, and if he was sitting here right now, I would thank him for the endless patience and openness that he displays to those around him that enabled me to share some things that relate to the above at the end of the photo session. AND!!! my daughter was completely blown away to have a photo (or 3!!) of her Signed by Mr. Vai, with a 'peach' of a message to her! She has been through a lot... but she is an extremely evolved soul (she needs to be!!) and is always SO kind and loving and nurturing to all those she meets. It was such a gift for her to receive this special picture. You see... when she was 4 yrs old she could sing the WHOLE of Melissa's garden... note for note!! In the solo she would orchestrate with her arms and say... "Daddy... I can see all the butterflies and bees dancing!!"
Back to the gig (Finally!!) Needless to say it was epic. The harp section in whispering was beautifully arranged and even more beautifully performed, Taurus Bulba was an amazing encore... one of my favourite tracks... The whole band were just a supreme vision of musical and energetic harmony, humour, and mastery. And above all, I really sense that Steve has entered that Golden realm of truly unencumbered and freely expressive oneness with his most inner vision of that which he wishes to express through music and the guitar. More than at any other previous time. This is deeply comforting and humbling to experience. Why comforting? Because to see someone achieve such fluid clarity of expression gives hope to the world that in spite of our pain and disarray..... The light still shines with infinite brilliance in our world at the calling of every single inspired thought and creative wish.... for all of us ;~) And why is this so felt by all of us that tune to it?.... Because there is only ever one of us in the room. ;~)
Now if the Universe could just see to it that we get a one off gig with Steve Vai AND Bulent Ersoy.... doing his (erm... her!!) older Ottoman inspired music. THAT would REALLY be wild!!... (in more ways than one I suspect!!!)http://www.avrupamuzik.com/Sanatcilar/B ... 95/40.aspx
BTW Someone asked me after the evo (was it Bob?) who Steve had mentioned in reference to spiritual teachings etc. here's a couple of links ;~)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eckhart_Tollehttp://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattra ... videos.php
BTW... Paul... You will have a copy of my album as soon as it is finished... just starting to mix it now ...which is GREAT!!.. because I get to mess with EVEN MORE STUDIO GEAR!!.... and now you know where some of the inspiration came from!!! YEAH!!!!! Isn't life great!!!