Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sitting at the sidebar

This is something I posted last summer, and here it is again, along with a piece from the album.

When I was 21, I spent the winter in Vermont with my Uncle Walter. He was my mother's step-brother and an accomplished jazz musician, songwriter and composer. He had a beautiful house in the mountains, and while he spent his days skiing, I spent mine in his beloved music room. There were shelves from floor to ceiling, custom built to hold LPs, thousands of them, including some of the greatest music ever recorded. Colorful Indian rugs adorned the wooden floors, and a warm tapestry hung over the wood-burning fireplace. There was a big leather chair in the middle of the room, and the wall-sized window exposed a view of endless acres of land and trees, covered by impossibly white and untouched snow. I spent days in that big chair, listening to music in front of the fire, looking out that window, watching deer and sunlight and hours pass. And sometimes I'd fall asleep, always hearing the music in my dreams. I played the jazz greats and stuff I’d never heard, and it was in this room that I discovered Pat Metheny’s New Chautauqua. It became the album that defined my experience there, and as I listen to it now in my apartment in the stifling city heat, I am brought back to Vermont, to the impossibly white snow, to a time when my uncle was alive, and to the room he so generously offered me, day after day of the most beautiful and musical winter of my life.


runnerfrog said...

Excellent song, and it sounds representative of the sweet winter you described.
Yet in your sidebar history, the Bill Evans last one is still my favourite until now.
I don't want to sound obsessive but I don't forget your promise about the cold tea movie; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. :-)

practicalpsychologist said...

This reminded me to listen to some other PM so I youtubed 'Are you going with me?' and watched. An obvious one to pick I know. I saw him live 3 times in the 90's and that track has to be one of the most remarkable pieces of live music I have ever heard. The Youtube captures it superbly.