The Big Think

April 4, 2006

Nobody Says It Like Lileks

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 11:25 pm

I’ve been listening to a lot of old jazz piano – stride, boogie woogie from the masters – James Johnson, Bud Powell. It’s all new to me, and a source of great delight. Intimate and cheerful and spontaneous and so damned human. We’re left with the sound, the hammer on the string; the flesh that punched the ivory is long gone. But it quickens again every time you hit play. It’s like a rush of conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Of all the instruments, maybe the piano best captures the human mind. The clarinet can copy the sound of the voice, but so can a clever bird. The electric guitar speaks for the hips, the violin for the heart, the flute for the eyes, but when you think of yourself sitting somewhere at 2 AM with a drink and a cigarette and a date in a black dress (or a fellow in a dark suit with thin lapels, if you’re so inclined) nodding in agreement as a man on a stage makes it all up on the spot, there’s always a piano present. Even if the star of the stage has a horn. The horn is editorial. The piano is the news.

I couldn’t agree more.


Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 4:00 pm

Stay up late tonight and you’ll see this

01:02:03 04/05/06

hat tip to Scott (who doesn’t have a website-lame!)

Current Reading

Filed under: Current Reading — jasony @ 1:56 pm

Improbable, by Adam Fawer. Just finished it. Great finish (woody with a hint of charcoal, yadda…)

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