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    On a quiet lonely vacant night when others are able to slumber without violent interruptions or dull aching remembrances, those who can’t myself included look for company in simple musical brush strokes. Something to soothe and not stir too much. Something that applies healing to an aching heart or explores a room with one eye while the rest of your body hides behind a door or seated at the top of the stairs, gazing down toward the darkened living room. Perhaps while you kneel in a closet and peel open a forgotten folded box with photographs, yearbooks or time passages.....you might listen to something like this and then try to return to the forgiveness of unconsciousness.


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    Thank you, WS.
    I woke at 3am and got up to have a glass of hot milk to get myself back to sleep. Never ever had jet lag like this. I listened to Miles Davis for a while and it is wonderful and soothing.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    Ever since I’ve started rebuilding my vintage vinyl album collection, I’ve been amazed at the unexpected places I have recovered them. I went to a fall festival with my wife. She’s a sucker for handmade seasonal sweaters ; I like pippin apples for pie making. We both went with a purpose. Like so many small towns, a group of likeminded individuals form an historical society. This place had a book sale and the library had a sale of their own. In a cardboard box of castaway records I found a copy of “My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis in Concert”. The vinyl itself was sketchy but the outer cover is near mint. Fifty cents later, I took it home. Cleaned up, I think she will play.

    “My Funny Valentine” debuted in 1937 as a part of the Broadway show “Babes in Arms” which played at the Shubert Theatre on W. 44 th Street and Broadway, New York City. It’s a song that pokes fun at a partner’s strange characteristics but despite this the person makes you smile and is perfect the way they are.

    Miles Davis played it this way:



    It can also be a very emotional and sultry vocal performance like Alice Fredenham did it on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013:

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    WS:

    Mid-summer, I did go through the old LPs at Granny's Attic for you and came up with nothing interesting. But today is the last Granny's Attic of the season () and I'm going one last time to see if they have any old kitchen carts, so I'll go through the albums again. I know you like jazz but what else?--Throw out a few names and I'll see if I can come up with a winner! It's fun to look through those old stacks of albums. I've gotten a couple there for the son with the turntable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    WS:

    Mid-summer, I did go through the old LPs at Granny's Attic for you and came up with nothing interesting. But today is the last Granny's Attic of the season () and I'm going one last time to see if they have any old kitchen carts, so I'll go through the albums again. I know you like jazz but what else?--Throw out a few names and I'll see if I can come up with a winner! It's fun to look through those old stacks of albums. I've gotten a couple there for the son with the turntable.
    Kenny Burrell, Caravan, Frank Zappa, Jody Grind, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground And Nico, The Zombies, Van Der Graaf Generator, ....to name a few obscures.

    Thats very thoughtful of you Catherine.

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    There are some things that are inexplicable. Franco Harris’ immaculate reception....a hole in one in golf.....a bullet penetrating your torso and narrowly missing anything vital....hitting a royal flush at the Let It Ride table. But I could have never predicted this.

    A perfect example of a long playing record is basically three pieces: the outer cover, the inner sleeve and the vinyl itself. Finding all three in near mint condition in the wild is almost impossible. That’s why I will often take an album home that has a very good cover but a crappy record or a crappy cover with a nice record. I hope to run across something someday that will make a complete package. But I never expect to and usually never do. I have lots of incompletes like this.

    On one trip to a thrift store I ran across a Frank Sinatra album called “Nice N’ Easy”. The outer cover was rough and had been taped together at the seams. The record however was a decent looking enough example to take it home for a quarter. It sat in my container for quite some time after I cleaned it up. I noticed also that the outer cover was in Stereo and the record itself was Mono. Hmm. How’d that happen?

    The other day I went to a yard sale way back a dirt road on a deteriorating property that used to be a dairy farm. There I found about six hundred records in boxes sitting on a dirty concrete floor. The only way to check them is to get down on the floor and wallow in the dirt. Among those boxes, incredibly, I found a Frank Sinatra “Nice N’ Easy” copy with a near mint outer cover in Mono and quickly set it aside without looking at the vinyl itself. I took it home for pennies.

    When I got to cleaning the vinyl up I discovered that it was terribly cracked. And then I noticed that it was a Stereo copy. That’s inconceivable. So I threw the stereo outer and copy away and paired my good mono outer cover with the near mint mono copy for a perfect match.

    Frank now proudly spins on my turntable .... interestingly Frank had a part in the transition from Mono to Stereo back in the day.


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    I find my life runs in certain places over and over again. On the farm, a one hundred acre beef spread of a friend, we access the hickory woods via a cow path. And the ruts that develop become the same pathway as over and over we pass. The hickory woods host all manner of the Commonwealths wildlife; fox and grey squirrels, snappy pine squirrels and chipmunks, holes with groundhogs, turkeys, and deer and a wide ranging bear or two. Perhaps a passing fox or even a bobcat but certainly coyotes. We invade the woods to repair tree stands and plan ambushes on deer. And we return to the barn on the same path in the same ruts to the complaints of the steers in the field.

    A lot like my life, I use the same ways to get to the same places. Music is a path to get a hurting soul into a place where healing can occur. The instruments the path into the soothing woods of my mind. I remember an experiment I tried to recreate as a child. It involved playing different music to plants, in my case it was green bean sprouts. I played classical, jazz, pop and country music. And I grew some sprouts in silence. I was unable to confirm my belief that plants appreciate classical music more than other genres. But I did to my satisfaction show that plants appreciate music. The sprouts grown in silence did noticeably take longer to develop.

    And so I often wake during the night troubled by thoughts and burdened by a stiff body. It helps to hear music. It helps to have someone like Yo Yo Ma at your disposal.


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