Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2011’

Eddie Harris and Les McCann – Swiss Movement

Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, I was studying film production at the University of Southern California.  At that time, I wanted to double major, with a minor in music.


I wanted to play bass in Frank Zappa’s band, but felt I could never be that good.  But I did love to play jazz and rock, and I think every single person in my dorm, if they had one jazz album, had Swiss Movement.

This album was recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the song “Compared to What” became a kind of anthem for us kids in the mid-1970’s.

Last week was the birthday of Eddie Harris, and it brought back all kinds of memories for me to hear that music once more.  And that made me think of memory cues, how sights and smells and sounds can trigger our thoughts and jog our brains until we are in the dorm room once more, on the 11th floor, looking out at the flat wasteland that was just south of downtown LA, and wondering where life would take us.

How about you?  What acts as a trigger for your memory?


The Blog of TK

Why do I do my best writing on other people’s blogs? Here’s where I went this summer, and many thanks to the cool sites that hosted my rantings:

Guest-Blogging Tour

 There’s blogging, and there’s a blog tour. This summer I toured bookstores all over the US, but I’ve also been guest blogging on the net.  Here’s a list where you can find me:

July 1

Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Club

July 3


July 5

Allison Leotta

July 7

International Thriller Writers

July 8


July 9

Gelati’s Scoop

July 11


July 13

Lesa’s Book Critiques

July 14

Criminal Minds

July 15

Page 69

July 18

Jen’s Book Thoughts

July 20

The Rap Sheet

July 22

Writers Read

July 31

The Lipstick Chronicles