quoting William Carlos Williams:
“I share your [Olson’s] excitement, it is as if the whole area lifted. It’s the sort of thing we are after and must have … Everything in it leans on action, on the verb: one thing leads to another which is thereby activated.”
the activation takes place between, in the verb, in the doing, in the leading and being so led … this is consistent with Victor Zuckerkandl’s (Sound and Symbol) notion that we are not in one tone then another, but that we hear between them, that tones, in fact, lean toward, they have what he calls a “will to completion…”
tones, as such, are verb. of course, Baraka was all in this conversation when he wrote about Swing going “from verb to noun,” from the moving, movement to some such stilled, listless, lifeless graspable thing (unblackened, if you will); and Nate Mackey writes in the opposite direction, after all these figures, about the movement “from noun to verb”:
“‘From verb to noun’ means, on the aesthetic level, a less dynamic, less improvisatory, less blues-inflected music and, on the political level, a containment of black mobility, a containment of the economic and social advances that might accrue to black artistic innovation. The domain of action and the ability to act suggest by verb is closed off by the hypostatis, paralysis, and arrest suggested by noun, the confinement to a predetermined status…” (Discrepant Engagement 266)
a bridge. between. syncopation.