Bosch broadened my jazz appreciation, Part I
but my dad introduced me to pre- and post- WWII popular music
- •My music collection and knowledge constantly grows,I'm happy to have encountered a writer and the Amazon series. They help me hear and play more jazz while still appreciating popular music of the 1930s–present.
- •Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and other big band orchestras were favored by dad.He spent several months recovering from hip surgery when he was 14, and met a fellow in the hospital who knew all about that era's popular music. He credited this fellow with opening his eyes and ears to music other teens loved at the time.
- •Once dad began working, he bought his own records, which his mother did not appreciate.As in "A River Runs Through It," she preferred music similar to Paul Whitman's, "My Blue Heaven" (1927) http://youtu.be/xFurKUxafRk.
- •Dad bought 78s of the Ink Spots, Louis Armstrong early on, and the Benny Goodman Quartet, and Glenn Miller.He liked Glenn Miller's version of "My Blue Heaven." Check out the differences in tempo and arrangement. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pAaggnrCBXs (1941, 1944, el al.) The Harmony Shop owner credited dad who supported his record store from day one.
- •As dad's photographic collection is large, so too is his collection of mid-century modern 78s, LPs, and CDs.One night, as we sat at his kitchen table, I downloaded his favorite Glenn Miller music onto my iPhone and played them for him. It was difficult for him to understand how I got music onto my phone, but he liked hearing the music anyway. From this broadcast collection, Miller arranged a blues variation for "My Blue Heaven.".
- •It wasn't all Big Band music at my home, however, as ranchero y cumbias played during the day.While my mom actually didn't care for Big Bands or music that involved LPs and stereo equipment, she did play a lot of Mexican radio stations during the day. I loved hearing this too, and sometimes she would sing.
- •With the Michael Connelly's books and "Bosch," the Amazon series based on them, my jazz knowledge and appreciation has grown.In the series, Titus Welliver plays the titular character LAPD Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch. Details within Connelly's Bosch books have been adapted for the series. They include making Harry Bosch a veteran of the first gulf war. In the books, Harry plays CDs. In the series he plays vinyl on a belt-driven turntable with a tube amplifier and lives on the edge of a cliff.
- •End of Part I