Born 6-Aj: Andy García, Meat Loaf, Beck, John McEnroe, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Graham Hancock
As Beck told a Boston Phoenix reported 20 years ago, music isn’t divisive (see quote above). When music manifests, live on stage or reproduced digitally, its indivisibility is experienced by those how love and listen to every note of it.
Divisions do serve music, but technically. Music bars are divided, each beat can be divided, and the entire piece has distinct and fixed divisions; verse and chorus, c-part and lead out.
The holographic, mathematical order and regularity that can be found on all levels of music create a unity which is indivisible.
As a performing (albeit amateur) musician, I know that on stage, there is only room for truth.
Live on stage, my band members are acutely aware of whether or not I’ve rehearsed the song we’re playing.
If the keyboardist is at odds with the guitarist, that vibe is picked up by everyone else.
Some things become possible to play together, while other things become impossible. Just because of a vibe, a disturbance, the show can suck, even though we made no musical mistakes. Come next gig, it can swing back and be an uplifting experience all around, despite mishaps, just because of a gesture, a friendly smile, a positive connection. Something that wasn’t expected.
Last night we said farewell to two 18-year-old musicians, a guitarist and a bassist, who played their last jazz-jam with us before enlisting with the armed forces. They’ll continue playing music, learning, practicing, and applying for music scholarships.
They are, hands-down, absolutely brilliant and gifted, with a promising future ahead of them.
However, their musicianship isn’t their most prominent gift. As human beings they have a special luster around them. Something that is quite rare in what all agree is an ego-centered art and profession.
For instance, when it comes to accepting visiting musicians into the Sunday jam, they are always very open, unbiased and facilitating. Be it a timid beginner, or a cocky, seasoned veteran, they have a knack for bridging differences, staying focused on what’s important, and making any ad-hoc ensemble work and sound good.
In other words, they are amazingly sane.
The key is to play it like a game.
To understand this point, it is best to image what’s it like to be a child again. Since birth, to every game there are fixed rules and codes of conduct. When the game begins, and each participant plays, it becomes quickly obvious to any kid who is a good player and who is not. Who is fair and who has an ulterior agenda. You don’t have to analyse it too much. It’s a vibe that’s peculiar to each person at a given situation.
You either pick him/her to your team or you prefer not to. Simple.
When a group of musicians get together to jam, there are cliques and sub-groups. People who know each other and strangers. Each one has something to prove. Mostly to him/herself, some to people in the audience.
What brings them all together in unison is how well can each of them play, integrate, communicate, and ascend with everyone else.
I think you have to be born on an Aj day to be the head of a distinguished family dynasty, like old Mayer was in the mid 18th century. He raised his five daughters and five sons – literally raised them, as any spiritual ladder/leader does; from the ghetto to the very top of the world.
Of course, the five sons in particular were his life-long project. In due time, he sent each son to a different country in Europe in order to establish a financial and political beachhead. All five sons succeeded beyond imagination. When the French Revolution came along the family business got a boost from supplying Britain (and other stakeholders in that conflict) with mercenaries. It was a business move that served as a precursor to similar deals still in use around conflicts today.
In his recent book, Kenneth Johnson depicts Aj-types as being insatiable at their worst. They can never quite get enough of anything. Does this trait fit Mayer’s card by some strange coincidence?
Biographies aside, 6-Aj embodies a unique mix of tradition (6) and family (Aj). These two words seem to go along well together, and share a mutual web of meaning. As opposed to the example I gave above with Rothschild and the extremities of the Aj aspect, 6-Aj is a balanced and nurturing mother – the kind of guiding light of the family and home that Ian Lungold talked about. She draws her power from the last Eastern sign we had – Toj, and her every action is dedicated to elevating herself and her family.