My music playlist for today (August 26, 2012 edition)

Count Basie and the Kansas City 7

Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before we get too far away from the biggest legends of jazz, we can’t overlook Count Basie.

No way, no how.

You don’t go through the classic jazz style without hitting upon Basie classics like “One O’Clock Jump” or “April In Paris.”

Basie was a natural pianist, and his mother helped him along on the instrument.  He was good at improvisation at a young age as well, and it paid off when he ended up having to fill in for the regular piano player at a vaudeville theater when he worked there at a young age.

By his mid-teens, he started playing small gigs.  Around the age of 20, he went to Harlem and took in its jazz scene, starting to get more of a foothold himself.  He got the nickname “Count” in 1928.

Musical royalty was about to take its throne.

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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