Always enjoy the music threads: always wondered too whether
the use of music in hard-boiled or noir wasn't as much the
result of previous film use of music--gangster films, first,
then 40s noir--so this is perhaps an instance of film
influencing fiction. Whattya think? [that should alert pulp
fiction historians out there]
Secondly, if music is so much a part of certain authors'
work, perhaps their publishers should release CDs of the
relevant pieces, say, when they release a collection or
rerelease a series. How often I've wanted to hear just the
piece being mentioned at the point it was mentioned, and not
later, after I got the piece. I know--impossible, impossible.
Still, an idea for some day in the future...or perhaps when
an author's works are published on a CD ROM.
While I'm on music, can I ask one little off-topic question?
Does anyone have any idea whether James Baldwin had a
particular jazz piano piece in mind when he wrote "Sonny's
Blues"? His description of the piece Sonny plays is so vivid,
I keep thinking it HAS to exist somewhere. I know there are
some big jazz fans on this list. Open to any ideas or
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