assignment4: "Lennon Daydreaming"

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“Lennon Daydreaming” is a complex piece that tries to capture a couple of the many thoughts that might have been running through the acclaimed figure John Lennon’s head as he practiced by himself—music, peace, and how music can inspire peace; diversity, talking to others, talking to self, how those two conversations talk over the course of one’s life.  “Daydreaming” is designed as a Triple Intermedia Haiku, synthesizing text, sound, and image to convey an idea at each stage. 

The first stage of the haiku is “Lost With a Map,” which takes the opening double-bass solo of Esperanza Spalding’s “Samba Em Preludio.”  It is intimate, quiet, and captivating; it is a moment of impromptu contemplation.  The whole note moves between several states of conformity and reassurance, ultimately being unable to hide its expression of color.  Isn’t this how we practice?  What really is our “map”?

The second stage, “mid-acceptance, acceptance” features an excerpt from a cover of Lennon’s “Imagine” by Herbie Hancock with Seal and Pink.  Here, the word “acceptance” moves through a series of stills that depict different mode of acceptance—color and kindness, flight and fraternity.

The third stage has partially been moving us into and out of the first two stages with a number of abstract gestures, making its statement most completely in the end.  In the transition stages, the sounds of “Hard Working!” and static rile a number of symbols and color palettes to create a frantic mesh of symbols.  The “Practice, Practice, Practice” finds itself wedged between these symbols of music and peace, now organized; “Work, Work, Work” finds itself in the foreground of a static of flags rather than just one of color.

“Daydreaming” is dense, but hopefully it moves, at once settling and urgent.  Good practice is both an exercise of extreme rote and introspection.  I don’t just mean the practice of music, and I don’t believe Lennon meant just that either.