My music playlist for today (August 7, 2012 edition)

Tony Williams Portrait

Tony Williams Portrait (Photo credit: Professor Bop)

Tony Williams departed much too soon.  I mean, he died in 1997 when he was the same age that I am now.  There should still be tons of life left in a person that age.  Unfortunately, he died at age 51 in 1997 of a heart attack following routine gall bladder surgery.

Fortunately, by the time he passed away, he left the world a wealth of brilliant music — and some ferociously powerful drumming — with some of the legends of jazz, and through his group Lifetime he helped pioneer this thing that became known as jazz-fusion.

He may have died when he was 51, but by that time Tony had been a major player in jazz and fusion for about 35 years.  It never ceases to amaze me to read stories like that of Tony Williams and the things musicians like him accomplish at such a relatively young age — I mean, to be on top of the world as a jazz drummer by the age of 17 … with a Miles Davis quintet?  Miles … Davis!

Williams had already led a band in 1964 and put out an avant garde album called “Life Time.”  In 1969, he led one again with a group called Lifetime with blazing guitarist John McLaughlin and a great organ player in Larry Young, with Jack Bruce of Cream fame joining on bass later on.  When McLaughlin moved on and Tony later put together a New Lifetime, he stoked another fire with guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

But that was still relatively the beginning to all that Tony Williams could do and should have done.

If only he hadn’t left us so soon.

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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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