“The Lodge” was both a somewhat rustic dwelling in the Montclair Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area and a way of not doing things. Between 1990 and 1994 the house was the scene of remarkable gatherings attended by artists of diverse musical stripes, all of whom willingly adhered to two implicit principles: No matter who you imagined yourself to be you checked your ego at the door, and you refrained as best you could from playing things you had played previously. Solos were frowned upon unless clearly inspired and resorting to obvious clichés might be grounds for expulsion. Everyone honored The Muse and consequently magic was frequently afoot.
My intention is for this incarnation of The Lodge to embody that same spirit, eschewing egoism while courting inspiration and serendipity. Look for posts exploring creativity and creative processes in 2019. —BC
Seducing the Muse
Michael Beinhorn began his musical career as an original member of the visionary musical collective Material in 1979, performing live and playing synthesizer and other instruments on the band’s first four EPs and albums. Additionally, Beinhorn and Material bassist Bill Laswell were members of Brian Eno’s inner circle during that era and contributed to the opening track on his 1982 release Ambient 4: On Land.