Herbie Hancock

So today is the birthday of Herbert Jeffrey Hancock, the coolest cat in the universe and my favorite jazz musician.

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Call me Herbie!

Herbie was sought out by Miles Davis to take the piano spot in his second great quintet starting in 1963 when Hancock was only twenty-three. (But that’s nothing; Tony Williams the drummer was seventeen!) Along with bassist Ron Carter, this trio became what I believe was the finest rhythm section in all of jazz. Oh yeah, I said it.

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The quintet at play–herbie, miles, ron, wayne shorter on sax and tony

Even while recording and performing with Miles for the next decade or so, Herbie was already making records of his own as a bandleader and composer. Classically trained, Hancock’s style is melodic and persuasive. His compositions also frequently cross over into funk, soul and pop arenas as they are some of the most accessible of all jazz music–in a good way. He’s one of the prime movers of post-bop jazz, i.e., fusion. If awards are your thing, Herbie’s racked up more grammys than God. Or even Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson. (Herbie’s fourteen is one more than Michael got.)

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Herbie in the seventies with the Headhunters (I think)…

I just love Herbie’s creativity, his joy in music. For people who don’t think they can “get” jazz, I’m convinced he’s the guy to try. Like I said, accessible in a good way. Some day I will do my definitive Herbie Hancock post so look out for that.

T of V ecstatically wishes Mr. Herbie Hancock a beautiful birthday. He’s turning seventy-four today, and still producing great albums year after year. If you don’t know his work, please listen to some today.

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Damn, that man’s got soul. Happy birthday!

T of V Hearts Lana del Rey

So this is gonna be kind of a weird post. Yeah, you heard me. It’s about to get a little weird up in here. You’re probably wondering how weird does it have to get before T of V acknowledges something is weird?

The answer: Pretty fucking weird.

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Pray, continue. I am…intrigued.

The title of this post is not a trick. I’m really going to talk about Lana del Rey. And is it going to be ironic? Sarcastic? A little. But I’m calling attention to this for the strangest of all possible reasons. Continue reading

Randomly Factual

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Welcome….to EveryDamnDayDecember!

So to fulfill one of the terms of the Liebster Award thingy, and to kick off Every Damn Day December, I thought I would put up some semi-biographical facts about myself. Here we go:

  1. I don’t know how the hell I’m going to manage to post every damn day.
  2. My favorite fictional superhero is Spider-Man.(And like Stan Lee, I hate when people spell it “Spiderman” without the hyphen.) It’s Spider-Man! The amalgam of spider and man! Thhhwippp!
  3. Only had one surgery in my life: on a torn ligament in my left knee.This injury didn’t happen in a usual way, and I just thought of a post I could do, so I won’t tell the rest of the story now.
  4. I’m mildly allergic to almost every airborn element: smoke, pollen, pet hair, etc. It’s really annoying without being too detrimental.
  5. My absolute favorite type of music is jazz fusion/progressive rock which are kind of the same thing in my mind.
  6. I think Herbie Hancock, the jazz master of keys, is probably the coolest being in the universe.

    herbie at the keys

    see what I mean?

  7. I like the Beatles better than Elvis. That’s supposed to be a great indicator of what and who a person is, so take it for what you will.
  8. My favorite band ever varies a little, but it’s usually Pink Floyd.
  9. Currently I live in Vancouver, Washington. I’m not sure why. Couldn’t find work here, so I went back to college to take web development classes. Thanks to our wonderful government (ha!), I get paid to go to school. That’s now my job!
  10. I’m a Marvel Comics guy all the way. Still, The Dark Knight is my favorite comic-book film.
  11. I’m 43, but I think I’m aging backwards. Like Benjamin Button, but mentally rather than physically.
  12. Politically, I’m to the left of left. I think Pres. Obama is too conservative!
  13. I’m a straight male, but secure enough to admit there are a few guys I might go gay for. Bowie comes to mind. Henry Cavill, the new Man of Steel. Hugh Jackman. Oh, and one other…………………………..
  14. Religious I am not. Pretty much an atheist, though I do feel that something is out there. Maybe just more evolved species that kind of oversee us. But that’s a whole different can of crazy to open up. Let me just say, I get why people believe the stuff they believe and I respect that. Religion is just not for me.
  15. I prefer Star Wars to Star Trek, but my mind’s been in heavy fluctuation these last few years. In the 80s it was no contest in my opinion. But lately… absolutely liked the J.J. Abrams Trek films better than the prequels Lucas shat out. But now, Abrams is going to the far, far away galaxy and that might make that particular pendulum swing back.
  16. I’ve loved Lord of the Rings since I read the trilogy as a kid. But Peter Jackson’s movies improve on the books. Yeah, I goddamn said it! And the places where the films differ from the books make the story better. That’s right, I goddamn reiterated it!
  17. The first movie I ever loved was Logan’s Run. More on that tomorrow!
  18. The first girl I ever loved was named Lark something. We were six.
  19. I think I’m cheating by listing mostly preferences rather than personal facts.
  20. Speaking of Peter Jackson, I wouldn’t mind if he made ten Hobbit movies. I’d watch that world even if the characters did nothing but smoke and eat. (Which they kind of do for the first hour of An Unexpected Journey, huh?)
  21. If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a writer. Literally, I have no other skills.
  22. Well, reading. Is reading a skill? For that matter, is writing a skill? (I’m kidding, writers!) Of course it isn’t a skill. It’s an………..

    writing is art

    yeah it is

  23. I thought I’d finished this post two days ago, but I’m here tweaking it up to the last minute. This is the first post of EvDaDaDec,  after all!
  24. Dogs over cats. That’s just the way it is. I don’t mind cats, but I’ll take a dog anytime.

That’s enough for now. Don’t want to overwhelm you. Every Damn Day December day one complete! See you tomorrow.