My music playlist for today (August 5, 2012 edition)

[Portrait of Duke Ellington and Sonny Greer, A...

[Portrait of Duke Ellington and Sonny Greer, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

I’ve danced around the man a few times while featuring other jazz musicians in the past, but now I think it’s time to pay some unbridled respect to one Edward Kennedy Ellington.

You could just call him “Duke.”

He was quite simply one of the most important figures in American music, not just in jazz.  His music has lived on well past him, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra still playing in concert halls today.

It was — and still is — easy to swing to the music of “The Duke.”

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at http://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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