Music is hard to fathom or penetrate. Every time I think I have it locked in, it escapes.
I am putting together an interesting mix that actually has to do with the way in which Jimi embodies a tribal flute-sympatique musical vision. In other words, though I don't think we have recorded examples of Jimi actually playing flute, there is a lot of tribal atonalism to his music––from the early live feedback experiences to the later studio and home tunes where he was channeling a Native American past and future vision.
Pretty groovy for a guy some claim created heavy rock. Maybe the music simply came from a heavy place.
In tribal playing, the thing is often not the notes, but the vibe.* Once I join these rough demo tracks, which I believe are public domain (they have never been released commercially and 50 years is expiring) it creates a hypnotic vision of where I think Jimi was going with his New Rising Sun concept.
Before Europe happened to blot the Maui chill.
I'll put it up on Youtube I guess. I need to select accompanying pictures, also from the Internet public domain. I'll start with this one from Rainbow Bridge (photographer name insert here), which appeared when I typed 'Jimi Flute' into Google as part of my Heaven Research Project.
*By "vibe" I mean breath, micro variations of the type familiar to those of you who still boil water in a kettle. On top of that force of breath being expelled, positioning of the lips and of the tongue inside the mouth. Definers of sound beyond trad notes. Oh yeah, as they say, Western ears unattuned.
Maybe that is my real place of strength in penning Arisugawa Park––being a musically inclined sort I took time to get to know the local ways of music and words, and the intent within tones that come across dry in translation.