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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Birth of the Cool

It's Tuesday morning, I have the day off & I haven't yet figured out what I'm going to do with myself today, so naturally, I'm wasting time listening to music & drinking coffee. I heard a song yesterday while I was at work & I'm trying to figure out which one it was. What a dork, eh?

I think I figured it out, I think it's Moon Dreams by Miles Davis. It's got that lazy Saturday afternoon kind of sound. Miles was bar none one of the coolest human beings to ever walk the face of the planet, but this song sounds like it should come from some parlor in 1940's New York City with some old ladies drinking tea in the afternoon.

That's what I love about jazz, there aren't any lyrics to ruin what your vision of what the song is trying to say, or even better, the song could be about what you're experiencing at the time you hear it. It's a story without a plot. It sets the mood, it elicits emotions out of the listener without explaining why those emotions are there. You'll have to figure it out for yourself.

Five Favorite Songs of the Day

Moon Dreams-Miles Davis



Freddie Freeloader-Miles Davis, Kind of Blue



Kush-Dizzy Gillespie, An Electrifying Evening with Dizzy Gillespie

The Friendly Beasts-Sufjan Stevens



Brother Can You Spare a Dime?-Bing Crosby

Happy Tuesday, friends...

andrew

2 comments:

Joyce said...

I think I'll go brew me a cup of tea as I wait for Miles' tune to download.

Mary said...

Matt put Brother can you spare me a dime on my I-Pod. You two share a passion for music

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