This week’s Music Monday entry features “Bye Bye Blackbird” by the American jazz legend Miles Davis. Check it out!
My song choice this week illustrates the exact moment I remember deciding I had to be a jazz musician. I grew up with Bach organ music and orchestral pieces because my father was a church organist. I stilled listened to all the classic rock that was happening in the mid 70s like all the other kids. I was in the middle school jazz band as a 6th grader and one day an intern (so wish I could remember his name to thank him) pulled me aside and said, “I’ve noticed how much you love music and you have a lot of potential. I want you to listen to this album by Miles Davis called ‘Round Midnight’”. I was surprised and said “thanks, sure I’ll take a listen”.
Later that night I put on the record, and I mean vinyl record :). The first track “Bye Bye Blackbird” starts with an elegant piano trio intro then Miles comes in with the melody using a harmon mute on his trumpet. His direct, articulate phrasing and that sound….That Sound just penetrated my heart and my soul and I just sat there completely smitten. I remember thinking to myself, “What is this music?” I had to know more, I had to hear more, I had to investigate how five people could create sounds like that and the rest is history. I’ve been smitten ever since. The mystery of how this music is created still lives inside me and the curiosity has never stopped.
I hope you enjoy it. You must take a moment from the hustle and bustle of life and let it wash over you.