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3 Jazz Albums You’ve Got To Listen To

I love jazz.

I played piano in the jazz ensemble in high school, and I liked jazz then, but I love it now. I’d love to be able to tell you exactly when it went from tunes to soul music, but I can’t. Sorry. :)

I can tell you some songs or albums that vibrate on the same frequency as my heart strings.

Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Heavy on piano, soft and insistent, this album picks me up when I’m down and can drop me gently to sleep. It’s short, only 5 songs, but it’s deep.

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
I found this album through NPR and I immediately went home and bought it. Stetson plays the bass saxophone and the album was recorded in one take with more than 20 microphones placed around the room, including contact mics on Stetson’s throat and the instrument.

It blows my own mind. Mostly because it’s amazing and experimental and creative, but also because it evokes a sort of abstract nightmare I’ve had off and on since I was 11.

Maynard Ferguson’s Chameleon
Oh man! If you need energy, this is the album. “Gospel John,” “Chameleon,” and “Superbone Meets the Bad Man” rock my face off. This album swings hard, and it features some famous jazz musicians, like Herbert Hancock and Chick Corea, as well as other artists like Paul McCartney and Ira Gershwin.

Bonus: Check out Maynard Ferguson’s version of “Birdland.” We played this song in jazz band, so it epitomizes great jazz to me, in a way.

This I Believe Podcasts 7: Hope, Music, Friendship

Today, Charlotte tells us how she–a  perfectionist–finally learned that life will go on even when the . Student 2 shares her love for music and making music, and student 3 relates a strong belief in the power of friendship.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast, or right-click to download the file.

The Podcasts

“Life Goes On” by Charlotte Feyh — Click here to listen.

For this perfectionist, coming to the realization that life goes on even when the To Do list is not completed was calming and reassuring.

“Music Was My First Love — And It Will Be My Last” by Student 2* — Click here to listen.

When she was little, this student only practiced piano to keep her mom and teacher happy. Later in life, though, she found that making music helped her to cope with life’s everyday stresses.

“More Than Social Contacts” by Student 3* — Click here to listen.

For this student, true friendship manifested early, in kindergarten, and it has continued to be a integral part of her life, through thick and thin, ever since.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.


This I Believe Podcasts 3: Music, Saving Lives, Self-confidence

Today we hear from Thomas, who finds strength in music; from Sabrina, whose perspective on life was altered by her grandmother and her friend, Ralf; and Lisa, who went to Ireland for an adventure but came home with aspirations.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast, or right-click to download the file.

The Podcasts

“I Believe in Music” by Thomas Henkel — Click here to listen.

Even though it is often ironic, abused, or misrepresented, music is a source of powerful inspiration for Thomas.

“How to Save a Life” by Sabrina — Click here to listen.

Sabrina was touched by the story of her grandma’s friend, Ralf, who spent his life suffering from a disease but was granted an almost-normal life when he got a heart transplant. Now, she believes that each of us should have an organ donor card so that family doesn’t have to make difficult decisions and our death can have meaning beyond grief.

“The Time of My Life” by Lisa Staffa — Click here to listen.

Her time as an au pair in Ireland helped Lisa to discover her passion for interacting with foreigners and helped her to realize that she can trust herself, that she can overcome difficult times, that–most importantly–she believes in herself.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.