Thursday, April 8, 2010

Listening and Sharing

I was listening to my favorite Death Cab for Cutie album "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes" today and it got me thinking of favorite albums by different artists.
For me, it has so much to do with the personal connection I have with said album. Where did I buy it, what was going on in my life.
In the case of Miles Davis, my favorite is still the classic "Milestones." While there's little to dislike about this great record, this is a hard sale to the world at large due to Miles' prolific output and "Milestones" proximity to one of jazz's most beloved albums, "Kind of Blue."
I was given "Milestones" as a record when I was a teen and it was one of the only albums available to me at the time. Along with Dizzy Gillespie's "Sonny Side Up" and some great Beatles albums, "Milestones" was on heavy rotation. This is still some of my favorite Cannonball on record as well. It is also, in many ways, a transition album from Miles' records that sounded like live sets of music ("Milestones" has a piano trio cut on it!) and albums that have Studio Purpose.

I got on this topic last week after a nice dinner in Portland with some old friends. We were talking about Radiohead, and I asserted that my favorite album is "OK Computer." I got an amen from a stranger walking by, bolstering my opinion.
Agreements from strangers aside, however, "OK Computer" is primarily my favorite because of when I was listening to it. During my Master's in Jazz Studies at North Texas it provided the soundtrack alternative to all the brain-cramming I was doing during the days.
My musical knowledge tells me that "Amnesiac" with all it's awesome songs (I even covered "Knives Out") or "Kid A" with about the greatest opening to a record ever ("Everything in its' Right Place") should place as best, but the added emotions I feel when "OK Computer" comes on place it in a different category.

I guess in the end, as much as I try to learn about all the techniques that going into making great art, I still feel like it's the subjective nature of a work that seems to win out.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ya gotta start somewhere.

So I was reading the New York Times' Science Times section recently and came across an article about the future of the internet (among other things). One thing that struck me was that Cisco Systems predicts that by 2013 ninety percent of internet traffic will be video.
Well, to counteract some of that video, I figured I'd try to cram some more written words out into the universe.

Between the amazingly talented musicians that I'm able to spend time and work with in New York and on the road, and the traveling that I get to do, I figured I could share some of the things I get to experience with the internet.

Hopefully, it will be good for me to put together a few coherent(ish) thoughts together every once in a while as well.