Melody where you least expect it
So when I’m eating dinner, especially when I’m far from home, hearing melody is not always the first thing on my mind. But then again, if I listen to half the things I have to say or write about melody, then it should come as no surprise to me that you can find melody where you least expect it.
The example I want to highlight in this blog is from a night in Tokyo after a great concert with Kazumi Watanabe and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. We all went out to eat some incredible sushi, and while we were sitting there (the 6 of us with management and Kazumi’s wife being the only people in the tiny sushi joint) I noticed how great the sushi chef’s speaking voice was. I grabbed my phone (really not that polite, but I hope you forgive me for that) and started filming him as he talked about knives. I was asking how I could get my hands on a traditional sushi knife, and how I might transport it back to the states, and he was explaining the ins and outs of it all with Kazumi translating.
When I watched the video back at the hotel later I confirmed that his speech about knives had been very melodic, and made the video below based around the melodic inflections of his voice.
So, you can find melody where you least expect it. I hope you dig it, and I hope you keep your ears open and experience this for yourself first hand at some point soon if you haven’t already!
Enjoy, and don’t forget to keep your sushi knives in newspaper… the ink is great for them apparently!