I’m in the middle of an ongoing project of copying all my old CD’s into my iTunes library on my computer and phone. It’s a project I’ve been putting off for a long time. I’m not sure why I’ve put it off since I’m finding it’s easy to do in the background while I’m working on other things. I decided, for a number of reasons, to finally get it off my ‘to do’ list.
In addition to my own CD’s that I have purchased over the years, I have a case of CD’s that my little brother owned before he passed away. As I look through all the music he loved, it feels like he’s right here again and I feel a bittersweet mix of missing him terribly and being deeply grateful that he was in my life at all. When he was here, we used to share with one another new music we would find and what we loved about it. Some of our collection overlaps because of this.
His music collection is very eclectic. A large majority are jazz artists, some from way back and some in the current jazz scene, along with a mixture of artists from very different genres. I know his collection would be much larger if he had still been adding to it all these years since he left. I want to give you at least a partial idea of the music he had because he loved to share his love of music with others. If you don’t recognize some of these artists, I recommend looking them up. Who knows….maybe you’ll discover a new favorite musician.
A sampling of the artists in his library are Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Charlie Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sarah Vaughan, Kenny Garrett, Jackie McLean, Dizzy Gillespie, Joel Lavano, Herbie Hancock, Ben Webster, Lionel Hampton, Sonny Stitt Quartet, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Steve Lacy, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderly, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Max Roach, Charlie Mingus, Lee Konitz, Ravi Coltrane, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Christian McBride, Kenny Washington, Rick Margitza, Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, and James Carter. Also in his collection are Queens of the Stone Age, Black Label Society, Tool, Four Tops, Alice in Chains, King’s X, Kutless, Pearl Jam, Crossfade, Screaming Trees, A Perfect Circle, H.I.M., Shinedown, Mike Ness, Nickelback, 10years, Stone Temple Pilots and Filter. What a variety!
Even this list does not do justice to his entire music library since my parents and siblings had an opportunity to choose from his collection and I do not have the names of those artists. I love the variety of his taste in music and even this partial list represents his varied interests and openness to different things.
My brother sang in a band for a while and he was also a wonderful saxophonist. Long ago we used to talk about how we both dreamed of learning to play the sax. The difference is, he did something about it. He bought a sax, took lessons for many years, and played regularly for the rest of his life. It was wonderful to watch him realize his dream in life of learning to play and master the saxophone. He practiced his craft every day, occasionally performed, and blessed us with some family concerts. I remember when he learned a song (from way back) ‘Heart and Soul’ just because it was one of my Dad’s favorites.
Today, maybe listen to some new music by an artist you’ve never heard before. But, most important…go hug someone you love today. They won’t be here forever.