Taste Test


Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. This is the last of the 13 saṃghādisesas: 13 Not to spoil the confidence and the consideration that the people have for the dhamma.

Taste Test 

It was a mistake

to look at his music collection

I just prayed

that none of it would be used

as background music

tastes I don’t share

don’t care to share

his love of musicians

of songwriters

I don’t take seriously

safe banal tepid stuff

so middle-of-the-road

I’d want to hit the next telephone pole

rather than listen to it


his taste in music

came as a bit of a surprise

as we were compatible

in so many other ways

he asked me

was there something I’d like to hear

this is his favourite

am I familiar with it

and I said yes but let’s not bother

we don’t need distractions

which he agreed was a wise choice


I didn’t offer any opinion

didn’t denigrate his taste

or rather the lack there of

I wasn’t there for music appreciation

I didn’t intend to let anything



from the momentum of the opportunity

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Abercrombie (no Finch)

Moving along to my jazz section – what I’ll do on Music Mondays will be two in a row looking at my pop collection alternating with a Monday of classical or jazz – at that rate I should get through my collection (if it doesn’t grow) in about seventy years 🙂

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First on the shelf is Gateway, a 1975 ECM release: John Abercrombie, with Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette is a very tight mellow trio setting. Each have recorded extensively with EMC. In fact EMC had a large rotating stable of musicians who recorded in various combinations.

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This one, in many ways, is no different for much of the catalogue – intense, intellectual, meditative music for the ear, mind and soul as opposed to rock your body. This was EMC’s focus. In a sense Chamber Jazz but not as tight laced as chamber music.

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Abercrombie’s guitar is sharp, fluid and draws me in easily. The sound is similar to Wes Montgomery in its fluidness but never as mellow as Wes. Good writing music but perhaps too busy for background music.


February 21, Friday – featuring – Racket at the Rocket: 7 p.m., Red Rocket Cafe, 1364 Danforth Ave. https://www.facebook.com/events/818441091515505/


March 1, Saturday – attending – Toronto SpecFic Colloquium


June 6-8 – attending – Bloody Words

June 23-27 – attending – Manuscript to Book – Loyalist Summer Arts – Belleville, Ont https://www.facebook.com/events/589522924455695/

August 28-31 – attending – FanExpo Canada



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