I had a weird experience yesterday. I decided to look up the Wikipedia entry on one of my favorite jazz albums. From there, I decided to have a look at the page of the trumpeter on the album. Once there, I decided click the link to the page of a saxophone player who was interviewed in a jazz documentary I saw not long ago. Here's where it turned weird: when I got to the end of the saxophonist's page, I saw a link for the page of a guy I knew in high school. This last page had a bit of his history, including a passage describing the "Land Of My Birth scene" and listing five other names. I knew or knew of four of the five; the page subject, one of those five musicians, and I were groomsmen together in my cousin's wedding.
The whole thing felt a little odd, going from a classic jazz album to my hometown, my high school, and my cousin's wedding in three hops. I always knew that I was privileged during my days as a band geek to be walking among giants -- but that always seemed to be a private, "home town" kind of thing. To find out that you went to school with half a dozen guys who have appeared on national TV, and toured with the likes of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and the Allman Brothers... that's the real deal.
on 2008-03-19 at 6:52 a.m.
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