Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Cool under pressure. October 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I've been talking a lot about music lately but I don't want to overdo it. However, I'll "conclude" my musings on music for now with a small explanation as to why I never talk about jazz here in the news box.

I love jazz. I grew up playing it, worked in a jazz club during college and hosted a jazz radio show on WERS in Boston for awhile. It was a huge part of my life for a long time, and even though I relish the primal fury of heavy metal and the soaring elegance of classical music I will always have a place in my heart for the smooth, cool sounds of jazz.

So why do I never speak of jazz in regards to Dominic Deegan? Because jazz is an American art form and its development and growth is closely tied in to American history.

Whenever I listen to jazz I can't think of otherworldly vistas, planar quandaries or extravagant monsters. When I listen to jazz I think of city streets, subways, smoky pool halls, long walks on forgotten sidewalks and other such urban scenarios. Power chords and double-bass drums make me think of dragons and wizards. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis make me think of city life and urban America.

Jazz is a wonderful art form and an inspiring genre of music, but for me it's just not the right fit for a fantasy setting, no matter how urban or modern it may be.

Though if I were to pick a song that helped me think of someone in the comic, "Take Five" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet would be Dominic's song.

That's all from me for now.
Stay cool.