Dave Brubek. and the Pope. and intellectuals.
Memory Eternal to the great Dave Brubeck, or in terms of his tradition
Lux Perpetua Luceat Ei! Dave was asked to compose a Mass in 1978 and in
the process he left out the Our Father not being familiar with the
structure , then he dreamed about the Our Father and wrote it in and went
on to be asked, by the Pope, to compose something to the words 'Thou art
Peter'. He dreamed the music and wrote it and became Christian at this
time and while he hesitates to say the dreams were divine intervention
he said "they sure messed with my sleep.'
Now a question for those knowledgeable and or of an age to deal with it.
It is my impression that in the Beatnik days into and through the 60s
there was a style of jazz more patronized by intellectuals than anything
today(Brubeck, MJQ,Bird,Thelonius Monk, Coltrane I guess,Gunther Schuller,
Stan Kenton? anyway like that) now I am thinking it is not now so much the
case, is this correct? perhaps there is less sense of a hip intellectual
class , indeed maybe less sense of intellectuals as a class, but also less
sense jazz as being on the edge for creative people and a part of the kit
of a conoiseur? anyhow I never knew anything about jazz and dont today but
thought those musicians all worth being aware of and perhaps of them all
enjoyed Brubek most...