Saturday, January 12, 2008

Best. Blog. Ever.

This guy is a genius. I am unrepentant in that statement. He rules.

I LOL'd more than a few times at this. Enjoy... another great find from Boing Boing.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Earl May, RIP

The strangest thing just happened...

I turned on the web stream of WBGO, which is a local jazz station in Newark, so I could listen to some music this morning while I worked. I haven't done this in probably almost a year. Just felt like doing it, out of the blue. Like something told me to do it.

Then I'm listening, and I hear the DJ say that Earl May passed away over the weekend, and I stopped what I was doing immediately. Earl May was a bass player who worked with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and about a million other people. He was a jazz legend, and a super nice guy. He came to play a bunch of times at Shanghai Jazz, which is a Chinese sit-down restaurant and jazz club (where I used to work after college) and persuaded me to come up on stage with him and play guitar a few times. Just a really amazing guy, and a class act all the way. He knew so many famous people, and had done so much, been around the world, and made such a mark on the music world, he had every right to be a jerk, but he couldn't have been further from that.

Over the years since then, I thought about giving him a call, or just emailing him or something, you know, to say hello, or whatever, but never really did. I had his phone number, because he gave it to me, as he was really down-to-earth that way.

I don't know what made me turn the radio station on, but it was like I had to hear that, otherwise I never would have known.

Strange, right?

I'm a little sad now.

I could go on and on about how great he was, but you can read more about him here and here.

Goodbye, Earl. You're tops in my book.

(pic from Jazz Museum in Harlem page)