Miles of Music Monday!

Whenever I have the privileged of writing for Music Monday here at the best club at UTS, I naturally abuse the position to write incessantly about music I otherwise obsess over, but has all but a tenuous link to an anime series the club is into at the present time. Good heavens that was a convoluted sentence, fortunately this one wasn’t. And neither is this one, Miles Davis!

Good grief, another rambling Ruby post

One thing I can’t be accused of though is being unoriginal. In that vein, I present a post discussing music from Sakamichi no Apollon, an anime from the current season that many people in the club are rather obsessed with and have… already… written a post about. Baka.

Well okay, you can accuse me of unoriginality, but you can’t accuse me of… um… having any more exams this semester as of this afternoon! Boom. But I digress.

If you haven’t noticed the theme with most of my Music Monday posts here (as opposed to my Music Mondays in other places, of which there aren’t any), it’s that I have an obsession with jazz, big band and bossa nova music. Did when I was 12, and kids poked fun at me for it. Now those same people today pretend to be all cultured and name drop Miles Davis to look cool. Hipsters :P

Naturally then, Sakamichi no Apollon was a perfect fit, and I’ve been enjoying watching the series and discussing it with members in the club. Of course, with exams and assignments over the last couple of months I’ve barely watched past the third episode, but that only means I have more to look forward to!

He’s just covering up

I had been briefed on what to expect from the series having started watching late (like I always do, I tend not to watch a series as it’s airing to be honest!), but we were less than halfway through the episode when our protagonist enters that fateful music store and happens to blush in front of a certain cover.

Yes, that is Kind of Blue, one of the CLASSIC Miles Davis albums! Don’t believe me? HERE IT IS!

If you haven’t heard of it, hang your head in shame! From Wikipedia, the most reliable source of information ever conceived:

The album’s influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums ever made. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, the album was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

So for those who’ve watched the series and want some musical edumacation, below is arguably Miles’ most famous tune, from that very album! For those impatient folk, the real swinging begins at 01:30. Jazz people weren’t afraid of long, radio-short-attention-span-unfriendly lead-ins you see. Wow, that was a lot-of-hyphens.

If you’ve watched any of Sakamichi no Apollon, the style should instantly be recognisable! For those of you who haven’t watched it or don’t like it, don’t worry, I won’t judge you. Much. Mua har har!

Assuming I don’t get hung for doing so, I’m keeping meticulous notes of all the covers and music they feature on this series, and may write more about them all here in the future. Art Blakey, here’s looking at you!

Take us out, guys!