Lucid Dreaming

from Cello Noodles, Vol. III by Betsy Tinney

subscriber exclusive


When I improvise, I try to stop thinking and just play; it works best if I can stay out of the way and just let the music emerge from the cello. It often feels as if I'm just the conduit for music that comes from somewhere else, passes through my fingers and cello, and then disappears, without ever passing through my conscious brain. (As a result, I usually can't remember what I've just played; thank goodness for recording equipment!) If I think too hard about it or try to control it, the music seems to "dry up" or, at best, loses its flow and spontaneity.

However, if I'm careful not to leave the "improv trance", I can make gentle "suggestions" that the music then incorporates. It's somewhat similar to lucid dreaming, in which you are aware you are dreaming but don’t wake yourself up, and in which you can sometimes control some aspects of the dream.

And hence, the title of this piece.


from Cello Noodles, Vol. III, track released November 30, 2018
Cello improv: Betsy Tinney
Track artwork: Michele Cornelius


all rights reserved



Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

NEW ALBUM on December 4!

Winter Greens: Carols for the Season includes all my previously released cello carols (remixed & mastered), plus a few new ones.

contact / help

Contact Betsy Tinney

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account