Given all he’s done and continues to do musically, it is both instructive and a pleasure to hear DeJohnette talk about the way he sees music, which he does in this excerpt from the podcast. [1:55]
Jack DeJohnette: In music, sometimes, there are chords, sometimes blue chords, or a red chord. Different people see different colors. When you talk about colors, coloring the music. I'd say I use the term "coloring the music" -- if I play with somebody, I'm not just keeping time; I'm coloring the music like a painter using a palette. So I'm using rhythms, sound, and tonalities, and from the pitches of my drums and the cymbals. So, in that sense, that's why we refer to as "coloring music." I'm not always thinking of it in terms of colors. I’m thinking of the moods, the feeling. And if it makes you move, that's the important thing. If it makes you move, that's what I want. Because the rhythm, the mood -- when you can get the body to move, you bypass the intellect, which is all that starts processes, starts thinking. You go to the feeling. And then you break that down. And then the musician and the listener can open up to, sometimes, places of ecstasy. And that's what happens with groove music, trance music, so-called "trance" music: the repetition of something, and it takes you higher and higher. It just keeps growing. It feeds itself, or feeds the fire.