In my playing of music, I've found it very pleasurable in picking the right notes from the harmony. When their is a piano, a bass, and a drummer, you have someone to push you into your own center of creativity. You hear the harmonic lines from the bass, and you hear the changes in the music. Everything else is up to you to create. Miles Davis was one of those great soloists. Influenced by Dizzy Gillespie, Monk, and Charlie Parker respectively. Miles Davis was an introvert and interested in his evolution of music. He had to sound like no other and was the centerpiece of the evolution and end of Jazz in America.. Of course we'll never be able to see a live picasso paint ever again... but in Jazz, you can play the same piece again and again and it will sound different every time. That is the magic of Jazz... It's freedom. like Louis Armstrong once said, "if you have to ask, you'll never know..." But speaking of him, I'm really really high, so if you didn't understand me in reading this, that's ok too. I guess I could tell you a cool story about Jazz so maybe you might have something to relate to.. A long time ago Louis Armstrong was playing with a band at a place called the Cotton Club. During the break, him and the drumer smoked a joint out back. The Police saw them and arrested them. They were sentenced to 6 months in prison... The charges were eventually dropped after the media stopped paying attention. Soon Louis Armstrong was smoking joints before performing on stage up until the day he died. Yup, that lovely New Orleans mascot, honored by Congress, and official United States Postage Stamp was a stoner. Not to say he's my favorite Jazz musician, but I respect his history.. This guy was in the middle of a lot of shit all the time with gangsters and mobsters. This guy was tough, real tough... tougher than Sinatra.... Hmm, if you're wondering... Miles Davis tried pot, but he never liked it. He was addicted to Heroin for several years. He wasn't much of an alcoholic either. John Coltrane was an alcoholic, he died when he was 47 in 1964. He was a heroin addict too, but quit after a few years. Monk influenced him to kick his addiction. He focused more on his music and eventually started drinking heavily. Miles Davis kicked the reef of his addiction at his father's ranch in St.Louis... No medication, doctor's, music, no nothing. Just him in a cabin living on a ranch with the withdrawl symptoms of Heroin. Miles Davis was one tough mother fucker... Throughout the years after he quit cold turkey, he never really quit heroin. He just knew how to moderate when to shoot up. If you've ever played Jazz... you can get a more pleasurable experience out of music than you could ever get off any drug... There is something that happens in music, almost spiritually that keeps you coming back. Maybe it's an addiction too. And that's why I love Jazz.... I've never hit such a center of raw intellect and happiness. It's as if you're floating on a cloud. Your brain does some magificiant mathematical things... When you're playing, you're not thinking anymore. It's just happening, you're blowing and it's just happening. The brain goes somewhere else. Like those people who speak in toungs at church... they are in such ecstacy, that they go somewhere else. ... I just wish I had a better way to reach out to people and show them my world. I'm 23... I wish I could get more people my age to understand that you can create live art with the sound of music. I want to show them what's going on with the music... All the noise they're hearing, I want them to LISTEN.. not hear, at what exactly is going on. To hear it, so you can feel it.