My music playlist for today (July 29, 2012 edition)

I guess I’ll go for a “Django week” in the playlist.

Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New Yo...

Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When it comes to classic jazz music and guitar, it seems like one name stands above the rest:  Django Reinhardt.

I could easily build an entire week of playlists around guitarists who were influenced by the Belgian-born Reinhardt.  Part of what makes his playing so amazing is that he was badly burned in a fire at the age of 18, leaving the third and fourth fingers of his left hand partially paralyzed.  He refused to give up despite that “handicap,” and instead came up with a style that has blown people away to this day.  His solos were played with two fingers.  His paralyzed fingers were used for chord playing only.

He developed what is known as “hot” jazz guitar, and together with renowned violinist Stephane Grappelli (who also developed his own list of ardent followers in various forms of music) they proceeded to blaze a whole new trail with their playing in ways that can still be heard from more modern musicians.

This promises to be a fun week for the playlist.

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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 that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis 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 put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. 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 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 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 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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