Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Have you ever listened to Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain? I remember a few years ago seeing a piece about Miles on 60 Minutes. I'd never listened to Jazz, but recognized his name and knew enough to know that he had been considered a living Jazz legend. Unfortunately, Miles passed in 1991 and now as I sit here marveling over a piece of music he performed in 1959 it's that unfortunate thought that floats through my head... what would it have been like to see him perform this live?

I avoided Jazz for a long time. I even delved into classical before venturing into the aisles which were always empty in my local music stores... where the Jazz CD's resided. I guess it seemed intimidating. "Jazz" the term covers so many types of music that you almost need a guide... a mentor if you will. I did have someone give me a list once. "If you want to know what Jazz is, this is where you start" he told me. I don't remember what was on that list today... probably things like Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps". For those of you who don't know, this is kind of like pointing someone at something that's a "bar-none" masterpiece. You can't help but be impressed.

I found Miles very interesting, both as a person and a musician. He was one of those rare individuals who doesn't follow the rules, he makes the rules. That is unless he finds the rules too restrictive, in which case he breaks them. As little as I really know about Jazz, I do know that as you listen to "Sketches of Spain", you know what you're hearing is greatness.

And the point of all this... Miles' "Sketches of Spain" made my morning a more pleasureable one. So do yourself a favor, get a copy, get comforatable and let Miles amaze you.

madmike

Monday, July 22, 2002


Hello All,

While surfing the news at the San Francisco Chronicle, I ran across an article that mentioned this interesting little tool. This has always been something I wanted to do on my website (whenever it's finished) so I thought I'd give this a try. It seems like a natural to me as lately I always seem to have thoughts, ramblings or rants floating about in my skull. I thought maybe it might be fun to share them. I also think it's writing like that which will really give you insight into someone. So I've got lots to talk about, but at the moment little time to do so, so check back in a few days. My topics will be many and diverse and could include any (or none) of the following:

- My thoughts on the great Michael Schumacher winning his fifth Formula One World Title.

- A few words surrounding my growing discontent with the increasingly Liberal (read Socialist) mentality of Northern California.

- My musings about the dominance of Lance Armstrong in the mountain stages of the current Tour de France.

- Or my rants about the state of society as a whole.

That should cover it... but for now, back to work!

madmike