If you could be any well-known figure in history, who would you be? Don’t pick yourself. That’s lame. Would you be a famous humanitarian like Dr. Martin Luther King or the Dalai Lama? A famous prophet like Jesus or Muhammed? A notorious political leader like Stalin or Hitler? How about a folk singer like Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan? Or a brilliant thinker like Einstein or da Vinci?
To put specific rules on this particular fantasy, this would be your chance to be a passive tag-along in their life. This would not be your chance to go back and change history. This would be your chance to go back and experience everything about their life as an observer who could not participate actively.
I’d love to hear who you’d be and why, if you want to leave it in the Comments here.
Personally, I’d have to go with a jazz innovator like Miles Davis or John Coltrane or Dizzy Gillespie or Herbie Hancock. There are dozens of others, but those four names came to mind immediately, when I began to ponder the idea. I won’t go into their life stories, but each of them (in unique ways) has agressively pushed the limit of what is accepted as jazz and/or popular music. Each of them has taken their knowledge of an existing form of music and used that knowledge to utterly destroy the very conventions that gave them the opportunity in the first place. They’ve each received their share of flack from critics over their wild ideas too. Each of these inspired characters have been highly influential and has lived or is stilling living a in a world where their name is known by countless people and their style and influence continues to be drawn upon by musicians everywhere.
Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for some great music.
1. Return To Forever – The Romantic Warrior
2. Brad Mehldau Trio – Auquaman
3. Oliver Jones – Lover Man
4. Charles Mingus – Bird Calls
5. Susie Arioli – Honeysuckle Rose
6. Sonny Rollins – You Are Too Beautiful
7. Trent Reschny – Alone Together
8. Vijay Iyer Trio – Mystic Brew (Trixation Version)
9. Brasstronaut – Opportunity
10. yMusic – Beautiful Mechanical
11. The Books – The Story Of Hip Hop
12. Fauxe – Be My Love
13. I Am Robot And Proud – Song For Two Wheels
14. Julia Kent – Guarding The Invitations
15. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Vanities
16. SYBARITE5 – Pyramid Song