Rants, Raves and Reflections from the mind of a musician.


 It's a beautiful evening in Cologne, Germany.  I'm looking at the clock as I write: it reads 1015PM. 

The days are getting longer so it's not quite pitch black outside; there's still some blue ink swimming in the skyline. My window is cracked and I can hear the cars surfing by on the highway outside and there's just enough breeze whispering through the drape.  

My hotel room is modest: two double beds pushed together for queen-sized effect. I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep tonight. The road is exhausting. 

I took a walk earlier today from my hotel to the center of town. The city center orbits a magnificent cathedral. The story goes that during WWII, most of Cologne got absolutely destroyed except for this cathedral -- as if it were divinely protected. 

Last time I was here, I took a picture of the cathedral at night.  


All for now...



FROM HERE - interlude


From here, the sound of galvanized rubber on wet asphalt washes like ocean waves, and a freight train purrs in the distance. Wind makes chimes sing softly while water drips. A soft purple sky overhead is interrupted by the lights of an airplane, while the roar of its engine cuts gently through the clouds. 

From here, there is only the sound of three clocks dancing out of sync against the soft purr of electric current, as this brick and wooden house, and all within its walls, sleep. 

From here, there is only the memory of her face. She is there and I am here. I am alone. 

It's in these moments that my heart fills. I feel that it might burst and that tears might spill from my eyes. Compulsively I reach forward, staring into the face of the woman I am imagining and feeling the keys beneath my fingertips, I press. 


Project: Kinfolk

In conceiving this project, I wanted to focus on creating the material with very few ingredients; just improvising at the drums or piano or singing ideas into a voice recorder, focusing primarily on rhythm and melody. I want to see what other ingredients the players or singers would bring to the material. I’m interested in a true band sound: I want to know how the musicians will color, shape, and season the raw ingredients, and how to pull all of those pieces together to a whole. I'm also interested in hearing how musicians adjust and adapt to playing music with which they may be stylistically unfamiliar. I'm also interested in hearing how some musicians play with other musicians with whom they might not normally play.  That kind of tension is interesting to me, and ultimately I think it's interesting to the audience.  

Kris Bowers at Sear Sound 1.19.14, photographed by Johnalynn Holland