Jazz

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I’ve watched all the Ken Burns documentaries.  Some in part, others in their entirety-some of those multiple times.  “Jazz” belongs in the latter category.  It’s just stunning.  This 10 part series shows you the genesis of an American art form.

The common thread that runs through the series is the life, and influence of Louis Armstrong.  The mark that “Pops” left on the world is hard to fathom.  I’m not a religious person, but that man makes me believe that he was a gift to the world.

Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, it’s worth the watch.

If you’re a PBS subscriber it’s available on their app, iTunes and many other places where one can consume media.

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Social before social media

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Social media is a marvel.  I think saying “social” isn’t even relevant.  It’s just media.  There has never been so much information available, literally at the tip of your finger.  It’s provided a way to either reach out, or stay in touch.  In the blink of an eye it has changed the way we live our lives.  I’m using it to “talk” to you right now.

All of this hasn’t come without cost.  We are more disconnected, impatient, self involved and more likely to be just down right mean to people.  We seem to be at our worst with people we don’t even know.

I have no illusions that we will be magically transported back to a time when we were more civil.  A time when we said “good morning” to total strangers.  A time when you looked someone in the eye when you spoke, or shook hands.  My hope is that we can come back to some sort of balance.  I’m going to start by, sometimes, trying to have a conversation instead of just sending a text message (A friend did this to wish me a happy birthday.   It made me realize that I could take an extra minute or two for people that are important to me).

I spend a fair amount of time thinking about music.  How for a very long time playing, and sharing music was how we entertained ourselves.  It was how stories were passed down.  All of this happened on your front porch, not in your “news” feed.  These stories have survived because they are about people.  Real people that had real experiences.

Dan Carlin has two very successful podcasts.  He believes that we may be entering into a new “golden age” of storytelling.  I don’t disagree.  My concern is that if we stop talking to each other there won’t be any stories left to tell.

Thank you for reading.