百分之八十都不一样

你一辈子可能会认识好些叫 John 的男生,或是叫 Sarah 的女生;但有些人的英文名就是很特别,你一辈子可能都只会碰到一个有这样英文名的人,Strong 就是这样一个名字。

有些人你怎么样都会遇得到,比如你们上了同一所学校的同一个班,又或者你们是同一间公司同一楼层的同事;但有些人,早五分钟,他还没到,晚五分钟,你来晚了,时间点要刚刚好,才碰得到。

两年前的圣诞节去墨西哥玩,坐的游览车中途抛锚,被迫在公路上等了好半天,上了另一辆载满墨西哥当地人的车,一般的外国游客很少上这种纯当地人的车,但这堆老莫里却单单坐着一个长发的亚洲面孔。车里黑灯瞎火,但大家还是攀谈了开来,他会讲一些西班牙语,女朋友是西班牙人,当天他是独自一人过来看奇琴伊察的玛雅人古迹,女朋友去了另一个景点。

但却是道地的武汉人,只是少小离家来美国,求学,然后在湾区工作,工程师,他的名字叫 Strong。

 

回到美国之后加了他 Facebook,但都没有再见过面,有看到他时不时 po 些他在酒吧现场弹奏吉他的视频,想到搬过来南湾了之后,就鲜再去过那些只有三番或是纽约才有的现场 jazz 表演,就很冒昧的 ping 了一下 Strong,第一句当然是,不知道你还记不记得我。

“ 当然记得,但南湾的确没有太好的表演场所,有家叫 Poor House Bistro 的可能不错,但多是南部比较老式的 jazz,或是 De Anza Hotel 的 lobby 里也可能有,但我也并没去过。”

好,谢谢,我记下来了。

但生活,不管怎么平淡,都比你想象的要更容易 suck in all of your time and energy,我居然一次也没有去过,或是忙得忘了,或是想到要去,却发现和演出的时间对不上。

直到圣诞前,突然再收到 Strong 的 message,说是在 Blackbird Tavern 的一个周五,有他老师的演出,很推荐。噢,我去过这家的,也知道在哪里停车,又没有安排,那我们周五见。

 

从酒吧的正门进来,一眼就认出 Strong 标志性的长发,和坐在他身边的他的女友,西班牙人典型的深邃五官,她的名字是莉雅。台上正在很投入演奏的,是 Hristo Vitchev,以及和他组合的鼓手和贝斯手。

我没有对 Jazz Guitar 了解到,可以分辨得出这是什么风格或是流派,只是觉得乐曲里的复杂和变化可以让人完全不觉得 boring 的一首一首的听下去,隐隐觉得在复杂的编曲和即兴之下,旋律有以色列或是中东音乐的风格(后来查到 Hristo Vitchev 是位保加利亚音乐家,东欧)。个人能力都很强的吉他、贝斯和鼓手的轮番 solo,又加入了有层次感的和谐,从九点多到十一点,感觉非常尽兴。

Strong 和莉雅为了让我和我的朋友们能坐下,都站着,把位置留给我们。并不太觉得 guilty,因为至少看到 Strong 完全在跟着韵律思考,可能在想自己要怎样弹,或许站着可以更加放松。

我好奇,爵士音乐家有多少是在参照乐谱,有多少是即兴,Strong 告诉我,百分之八十都跟谱子不一样,都是个人演奏家的即兴,所以几乎你听到的所有现场 Jazz 都是独一无二,不可复制的(当然,现在被录音的除外)。每首乐曲的谱子都只写核心节奏和旋律而已,音乐家通常重复谱子四次,第一次和第四次是照着弹,中间两次就天马行空的即兴。我惊讶道,那其他的鼓手和贝斯手怎么知道吉他手是要怎么即兴?怎么和呢?又不单单是给个伴奏而已,旋律这么复杂节奏这么快;Strong 笑笑说,所以 jazz 最难学啊,因为所有人都在即兴,但又要能够互相吻合。

百分之八十都不一样,都在即兴!

 

表演间隙,莉雅告诉我,她刚刚完成了一本书,名字叫 Archie and Me,可以在 Amazon上买的到。我以为是小说,回来上网查了下,原来是她自己的回忆录。看完内容简介,让我对这对情侣有了更深的敬意。

长发的,会说西班牙语,在学爵士吉他的 Strong,和金发的,会说中文的来自马德里的莉雅,还有我,头发永远也长不长,只会说英文的我。

如果说2013年,有学到什么的话,那就是,每个下一刻,你都可能会对一些人说告别,而另一些人会成为你的新朋友。人生哪有那么多确定性,百分之八十都是在即兴吧,那就 go with the flow 吧。

 

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我都很少录现场演出视频,但还是忍不住录了下面这几十秒:


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