February has been a good month for exploring the joys of playing triple-neck steel guitar, using all three necks-- in C6, A6, and E13 tunings.
The two pieces here could not be further apart in mood and style, yet were made using the same instrument, recorded only days apart.
I have found it exciting to feel the harmonic possibilites of all three necks-- extended chords and lovely dissonances.
This first piece is an improvisation recorded in one pass, and then mixed and sound-smeared right away, to keep a unity of mood and intent:
This next is a straight-forward tribute to my favorite western swing steel player, Noel Boggs, who played with Bob Wills, Space Cooley, and others in the 40s and 50s:
As you can hear, the steel guitar has many sounds and moods to express!
And then we were awake in a world that was, if not new,
certainly noticeably changed.
We began to notice the elegant symmetries of shapes and
shadows in the motions of water, sky, and landforms. We heard all around us, as
the sky filled, the music of migration, its massive vibration.
In our hearts we
began to know just how everything pulsed in waves of delight-- crest and
trough, crest and trough; That every locus of change was pure opportunity: for reflection, communion, renewal, and light.