Monday, May 5, 2008
Logo #243: Miles Davis
It took me forever to find out that Joe Eula drew this famous silhouette of Miles Davis for the cover of the "Sketches of Spain" LP in 1960. You'd think people would know these things! Apparently not. Few are the performers that become logos unto themselves - only the giants like Davis and possibly The Mentors - cut such distinctive figures that creating a symbol from those figures is the logical thing to do. I can very vividly recall driving through the beauty of the Coast Highway in central California in the distant past, with an otherwise lovely woman (who shall remain unnamed), and hearing "It Never Entered My Mind" in one ear and her Technicolor inconsequentialities in the other and becoming very sad that we were doomed to separate because she couldn't hear how beautiful the music was and just stop. Just be. Is there such a thing as objective beauty? Miles Davis is as objective a beauty as can be - and I like knowing that that's something that'll never change.