- Feb 2015
A perfect statement by itself. Evidence is not the same as proof. Lucy may be evidence, but she is not proof.there is no definitive proof
If I may, I'd like to return to the opening post and elaborate for a moment about the contribution of AA's to both American culture and civilization in the area of music, and outright innovation. After Les Paul "invented" the electric guitar, light-gauge steel replace gut strings, and the guitar microphones (pickups) got better at sustaining notes - black "blues" guitarists invented a musical vocabulary previously unheard. Sure, every promising 14-year-old student can play this stuff forward and backward now, but they have to for anyone to think they are any good.
Someone once asked when I was a boy, if I know how to play the blues. I said, yes, you use only the "cool" notes.
(And I type this, as I listen to a Chopin collection).
And what Freddie King and Albert King were to Les Paul's invention, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane were to Adolph Sax's invention. It all proves something every piano player knows: to really make music you need the white keys and black keys working together.
(And speaking of Redbone, I recommend Leon doing Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin').