I remember the first time I heard Makane, a drummer from Mali, play the djembe drum. He is one of the best djembe drummers in the world; and you don't need to read his press clips to know that. The power of his drumming is so great that it opens your soul. It is sexual
Musicians and artists, actors and a few writers exert a primal force that some women feel immediately and intensely in our genitals. We are aroused by their creativity, especially if they are very good at what they do. (Do other women feel the same way about titans of industry? Yes, I suppose they must.) Personally, I have vowed not to let that happen to me again. The muse thing--no. And these creative men keep impregnating young women into their senile years. I thank the goddess I'm beyond childbearing. So, really, I'm immune now--right?
But I have been pondering the power of art, erotic and otherwise, the past few daysafter meeting a wonderful artist, Bara Diokhane who deserves greater public accliam.
I was thinking about art when I went uptown to Minton's Playhouse on 118th Street to hear my pal Michael Karr and his group play. They were so good--hot and sexy, perfect for a sultry summer night. I sat at the end of the bar and chatted with the musicians as they took breaks.
The legendary drummer Dennis Davis (who played with Stevie Wonder and so many others) sat in for Victor Jones at one point; and Victor and I reminisced about sexual escapades (not with one another) at the Gramercy Park Hotel back in the pre-renovation days when it was deliciously shabby. (Who has stories of sex in the old lobby bar, that big, winding space filled with overstuffed sofas and chairs? I gave some great blow jobs there!)
Ron Afif, the guitarist--catch him with his own group at Zinc Bar on Monday nights--said this to me and Gina, Michael's girlfriend:
"The way we play is directly related to sex. When I was in my twenties, I knew I played especially good if I got laid that night. Now [at 40] I'm happy if anyone gets laid. We all celebrate for him."
Gina and I laughed.
But I realized: He's right; he's got it down. Some women are erotically charged by creative men. Art and music (and literature) touch our minds and souls but also our pussies.
That seems like a revelation in America where obviously erotic art is almost missing from our museums and galleries. Even most sex books are artless, relying on stock photos that emphasize the difficulty of positions as if sex were an Olympic event. I am proud to say that Quiver books stand out from the others because they are beautifully photographed and designed--and because the people who make them understand the art of sex.
I get a charge out of good art and music; and I want my sex charged with art.
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