"But when I was young, I followed my ear and heart. There’s a kind of divine intervention that helps. Alan Dawson always said that it was 90% rudiments and 10% divine intervention! That was his philosophy, and it makes a lot of sense. That divine intervention is what I always relied on, and how I was able to create a unique conglomerate of everything, rudiments included. Whenever I sit down to play, I’m quiet for a couple of seconds. Then I ask permission from the ancestors to allow me to do these things that have already been done."Writer and saxophonist Chris Kelsey blogs about the importance of a practice regimen:
"My sound certainly suffered in my early years in the city, mostly because I felt inhibited from playing as strong as I would’ve liked. I recorded every note I played back then. Today I can’t listen to those tapes. My playing suffered from a paucity of sound that drives me crazy today. You perform the way you practice. I practiced wimpy. I was a wimp. I probably should’ve been flippin’ the bird to my neighbors all those years and practiced as loud and as often as I liked. Unfortunately for my sax playing, I never could shake my, um … excessively-considerate nature."Send comments to Tim.