14 little kitten eyes looking up at the big world for the first time… does life really get better than that?????
i know i am the sole reason that things went to shit and that the entire downfall was my fault. i know i fucked you over in so many ways and i know i don’t deserve an ounce of your respect because of it. what you SHOULD know, though, is that even through all of the shit, i DID love you and that was unconditional. i know you feel used and misguided and i have made it clear that my mistakes were inexcusable, but the past is past. don’t think of less of how you made me feel, how important you were to my life, how influential you have been to my present because of things -I- did. No, you weren’t perfect, but i wouldn’t have wanted it that way. you were a perfect version of you and that’s all you should have been. thanks for everything.
1959: The Year that Changed Jazz (2009) 59min.
1959 was the seismic year jazz broke away from complex bebop music to new forms, allowing soloists unprecedented freedom to explore and express. It was also a pivotal year for America: the nation was finding its groove, enjoying undreamt-of freedom and wealth; social, racial and upheavals were just around the corner; and jazz was ahead of the curve. Four major jazz albums were made, each a high watermark for the artists and a powerful reflection of the times. Each opened up dramatic new possibilities for jazz which continue to be felt: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue; Dave Brubeck, Time Out; Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um; and Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come. Rarely seen archive performances help vibrantly bring the era to life and explore what made these albums vital both in 1959 and the 50 years since. The programme contains interviews with Lou Reed, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Joe Morello (Brubeck’s drummer) and Jimmy Cobb (the only surviving member of Miles’ band), along with a host of jazz movers and shakers from the 50s and beyond.