Nota Bene #119: Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet

“My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” Who said it? Continue reading

TunesDay: Spaced Out

In my 40+ years of life I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many genres of music, everything from ambient to thrash, bop to opera, bluegrass to prog. I like anything that moves me. Variety, spice, all that.

But in recent years I’ve become quite fixated on one particular kind of sound: space music.

I’m fortunate to live in such a beautiful state as Colorado. On a clear night, especially when camping high in the Rockies, you can see more stars than you might’ve even guessed were there, especially if you’re city folk. As you’re gazing into the night sky, it’s not out of the ordinary to see a multitude of shooting stars or even a satellite float slowly by, made visible by reflecting sunlight just as the moon does. Throw in a crackling fire, some grilled vittles, and a few ice-cold local microbrews, and what could possibly be missing?

Only one thing, for me anyway: cosmic tunage. (My five favorite space tracks are at the end of this post.)

I’m pretty certain my obsession with space music began with Continue reading

King Hip is no more: Joe Zawinul, 1932-2007

A music giant has left us. Josef Erich “Joe” Zawinul—who established a new school of music with Miles Davis and led the seminal Weather Report with Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, et al.—passed away Tuesday in his beloved Austria, appropriately in Vienna, the “city of musicians.” He visited this planet for 75 short years and, had I my druthers, would have had 75 more productive seasons before his exit.

“Joe Zawinul belongs in a category unto himself — a European from the heartland of the classical music tradition who learned to swing as freely as any American jazzer, and whose appetite for growth and change remains insatiable,” wrote Richard Ginell, in a thoughtful career overview. Continue reading