Music That Shaped Me: Blue Trane

Like lots of people who have an abiding interest in music, there have been a few moments that I can single out as pivotal in drawing me in. When I was small much of what grabbed me was the exuberant fun of punk/post-punk/new wave etc. In my mid-teens I found jazz. I had hated the smooth swing and trad varieties I had heard before finding bop and the musics that desended from it.

Punk slapped me in the face and woke me up. Jazz was more of a slow impact, but it hit me. One of the really cool things about moving to New York City as a teenager was getting to go to clubs that had previously just been part of the names of live albums. New York felt like a jazz city in a way that London didn’t (it is but it’s a little more under the surface and I didn’t see it as a teenager).

Blue Train is the first jazz album I really fell in love with. I had heard a fair bit before including some great albums like Kind of Blue (that Coltrane contributes massively to also), but there was something about this album that grabbed me and it has stayed with me.

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Starting Again

The old blog I had on this domain became corrupted by some kind of malicious code. This was probably due to me not updating my WP and plugins. This happened because I lost the impetus to update the site. I wasn’t visiting and seeing the update prompts. I let things slide and some internet opportunists took the chance to take advantage of an established domain, either automated or willfully. Anyway in the end that was my fault. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

This is a great opportunity to begin again. I have got rid of the old site rather than painstakingly comb it for the malicious code. It’s time to make a new start and try to make a site that I want to update and nurture. I had mostly been posting about making music and the music industry. I am planning to focus less and just write what interests me from day to day moving forward. I might repost or update some of my old posts as some of them had quite a few views, but the main thing is to try and create posts that I enjoy. Perhaps some others will enjoy them too.