I must express my deep and sincere gratitude to John Cage. The reason for this is that in my own life, in my own development, for a long period I struggled to avoid being "Japanese", to avoid "Japanese" qualities. It was largely through my contact with John Cage that I came to recognize the value of my own tradition.
I just heard an excellent interpretation of Gershwin's Summertime played
by jazz guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Metheny. Hall plays his usual
electric guitar and reminds me of those old neon signs -- pure,
colorful, and vibrant. Metheny accompanies on acoustic guitar. Joe Finn on the recording:
Hall does an impeccable single line solo, then Metheny does a chord interpretation while maintaining the rhythm and pedal notes.