My music playlist for today (August 19, 2012 edition)

I spent some time driving to an Associated Press newspaper editors’ conference in Park City, Utah, one year with my small, young family (our oldest child was under a year old then) before we became Utah residents ourselves.

The Oscar Peterson Trio in Tokyo

The Oscar Peterson Trio in Tokyo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took a slightly different path than the usually quicker route once we got around Ogden, switching off of the more billboard-filled route of one freeway for the more scenic route of another.  Along the way, the jazz piano of Oscar Peterson was playing on cassette tape.

That was a pretty sweet part of the ride.  Oscar was one sweet piano player.

With influences including Nat “King” Cole and, especially, Art Tatum, Peterson was a proficiently technical player throughout a 60-year playing career, with the biggest thing slowing him down being health issues.  He did the best he could after suffering and rehabbing from a stroke in 1993, having to rely more on his right hand because of a weakened left arm.

His performances became more limited, but he kept playing until the months before his death in 2007.

It was only then that Oscar’s live sweetness could be quieted permanently.

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 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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