I played the trumpet when I was in grade school. I stopped playing when I dropped out of the music school in college. It’s been great to read and listen to Bix Beiderbecke because it’s brought me back to the trumpet. I’ve been playing it a lot lately, and it’s really been years since I’ve played with any consistency.
When I was a kid, I had a tape called Best of the Big Bands. I love it. My favorite song was Ciribiribin by Harry James. I used to listen to it over and over and over, and I remember being in my room playing “air trumpet” and dancing around.
I hadn’t listened to Ciribiribin in years, but my study of Bix brought me back to it. Harry James played a character based on Bix in the movie The Young Man with a Horn. I had actually kind of forgotten how much I loved this song.
Connecting my early years of music, playing trumpet, with my musical life now, which is so different than where I came from, feels like completing some kind of a circle.