Everyone has triggers that make them feel... just right...at home and well, just plain aaaaaah. I have a lot of them, which is good because I've spent much of my life making homes everywhere except my own. Sometimes its a smell, a taste, and in this case, tunes.
Growing is, there was music playing. It was always coming from the huge Hi-Fi speakers in Pop's "den". Usually, it was vinyl spinning on the carousel. Occasionally on our weekly trips to Tower Records, Pops would buy a CD. He needed to have whatever song he was hunting, no matter what (well, as long as the sound quality was good enough for his well tuned, engineer/audiophillac ears...).
The genres differed depending on our goals whilst listening. If Pop was "doing the bills" (organized stacked piles of papers all over the floor, hugging my father while he rubbed his tired eyes and sighed... a lot) he would listen to his classical delights. Each piece collected carefully over weeks of Sunday trips to Tower. He was always conducting his imaginary orchestra and drawing our attention to his fave parts with a "here it comes!!!"
If we were having company over, my Mother, a Spanish teacher and Ladino poetry scholar would choose something flamenco or Gypsy-ish, Manitas de Plata... anything gitana-esq. It put a spring in her step as she set the table and mixed sangria.
My favorite days were Jazz days. The goal? To be happy, dance, run in circles around the couch (To "fast jazz") or to sit down with Pops and eat scrambled eggs with cheese (the only dish in his culinary repertoire, well, aside from tuna salad). That was the best! Usually Dave Brubeck's Take 5 was first, followed by some Charlie Bird, Benny Goodman, Horace Silver, Louis, Ella, Lena Horn... Yeah, my Pop could swing it (still does!). I'm so glad he gave me this education when I was young. Now, I can feel at home anywhere I go,"right" no matter what and I can help others feel those things too. Because this love for music is the good kind of contagious. Music is magical.
Pop always says "Nerds rule the world". I can't really disagree, but I will add, that audiophiles, music lovers and scholars have the ability to change and maybe fix the world. One tune at a time.
So, below is a magical button for you to push. If jazz does it for you consider yourself done. It'll right your wrongs... promise.
You're welcome :) (And thanks for listening)
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