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"Is it solipsistic around here, or is it just me?" -- Anonymous wiseacre
We’ve all done it at one time or another: wondered if the whole world, and everyone in it, might be just the creation of our own mind. A true solipsist (they are rare, but one sits in the White House as I write this) believes that only they are truly real. Everything -- and everyone -- else is just part of an elaborate stage set surrounding their own singular existence.
Creative people often indulge in a more benign form of solipsism, in which it is necessary to tune out the outer world so that the inner can come forth. Most artists are well-acquainted with that feeling of the world dropping away as they work, while a new reality is spun and shaped in their hands. For myself, it often feels as if I am left alone with just the Music, locked in an eternal dance to which we return, again and again, over a lifetime.
This set, the first unaccompanied show I’ve ever done on a single instrument, marked the beginning of my 2016 residency at the Stone (a week of 12 sets of gradually increasing size, culminating with the 16-piece “Orchestra of the Impossible”). I decided not to think about it too much -- to just walk out with the C melody, relax, and let whatever sprang to mind come out. The entire set is presented here just as it happened, pauses and all… except that most of the applause was removed so as not to break the flow.
Creative music gives you, the creative listener, the chance to step into the center of things, dance the dance, and remake the world around your mind. So come on in, and enjoy this Music. She and I could use the company.
Scott Robinson, Oct. 2020
All compositions by Scott Robinson (MultiSonic Music, BMI), except “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler (Mills Music, ASCAP).
Recorded live at The Stone, NYC, April 26, 2016