It may sound strange for a musician to say this, but silence has been one of my best friends for a very long time. Honestly, I wish more musicians would feel the same. Most musicians I know like to play on every song from beginning to end. Playing is so much fun. I know. But not me! I truly enjoy those moments when the answer to the most important question ever “What can I do to make this sound better?” is SILENCE.
It feels great to be able to sit there and enjoy what others are playing without getting in their way. I think it’s kind of cool that my silence can suddenly turn a quintet into a quartet. Silence is such a simple way to enrich everyone’s experience. It’s also kind of cool for people to miss me for a little while.
There is a song in my new album “Puentes” on which I am convinced that the best note I played is pure silence. When I play it live I can hear people in the audience sighing at that exact moment. If you want to check it out, look for Lamento Borincano.
What makes silence truly powerful is what you play right after. When I decide to come back I always try to make sure that I contribute something meaningful that will make things sound better. After all, isn’t that what our mission is supposed to be?