There are a myriad of reasons that Miles Davis is the inspiration for this post. However, one trait that stands above the rest for me is that Miles was never afraid to be Miles. Now you may ask yourself(cue Talking Heads) what does this have to do with Black History Month? Everything.
No one makes history by following the status quo, no one. Miles Davis always pushed his music forward, never comfortable, always searching for innovation and above all else never listening to “critics”. When I first became aware of the music of Miles Davis I was a kid in the 80′s listening to those great records he made with Marcus Miller, which (you guessed it) are often criticized by folks who wanted Miles to continue to wear Italian suits and play “My Funny Valentine” nightly. Miles Davis always had an answer for critics and it usually began with the 6th letter of the alphabet and ended with the 21st. (more…)