Meditation Music

Playing a musical instrument is a lot like meditating. I find that my mind follows the notes as my fingers play and I can’t carry on a conversation while I’m playing music the way I can when I’m just listening to music. It’s like being lost in a dream.

I wrote this spare instrumental piece last week and found it more meditative than most. There’s a lot of empty space in it for the notes to reverberate. The melody follows a progression of two chords: this first is technically a B major7 suspended and the second is a B9 suspended, but neither of them are chords as much as a series of notes.

In time, I might develop this pattern into something more like a song. I sometimes throw in some open B and A chords and play them with a rapid strum like Pete Townshend but I also like this simple series of notes echoing in the hollow body of the acoustic guitar for meditation. Maybe what it the guitar really needs for accompaniment is a Rin Gong Singing Bowl. 

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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