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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - A New Series Created By William Mesnik, The Mind Behind “Mesmerized”- EPISODE #5 : " MY BEST ACID TRIP" FEATURING THE ALBUM "IN A SILENT WAY" IN HIGH DEFINITION by MILES DAVIS - COLUMBIA, 1969

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CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL A new series created by William Mesnik, the mind behind “Mesmerized”.

“MY BEST ACID TRIP

EPISODE #5: IN A SILENT WAY by Miles Davis (Columbia, 1969)

I should have stopped after this one. It was the ultimate, and it could only go downhill from there. But driving through that Iowa night, along Interstate 80 – a straight line threading through ghostly cornfields and gently rolling hills – listening to Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way on the 8 track in my 1962 Ford Falcon, – is a memory I shall treasure until the day I die.

Memory is a fluid concept, especially when fueled by a psychedelic libation, but the sensuality… – the sound of Miles and his cohorts: (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, John Mclaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Tony Williams) weaving their hypnotic meditation, propelled me forward, and I was flooded with pure bliss. His musical ministry, delivered for hours on an endless loop – provided the soundtrack for an interplanetary space mission from which I still have not returned.

My spacecraft, my faithful old Falcon, with her “three on the tree” transmission, floated me along for hours without a turn, or hardly even a bend in the road. There was no-one else there besides an occasional headlight going past. Just cornfields and meadows and darkness. And, through it all was shaman Miles, transforming my idea of what existence could be.


By Rich Buckland 04/11/2021 05:34 PM

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