Monday Musings

Something in my Twitter feed:

“A rock guitarist plays 3 chords in front of 10,000 people. A jazz guitarist plays 10,000 chords in front of 3 people.”

I dedicate that comment to the memory of the late, great Allan Holdsworth who died two years ago this month. Holdsworth’s music defied categorization. From the Wikipedia article about him, “[Holdsworth] is best known for his work in jazz fusion. [He] was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and ‘outside’ sound.”

I became aware of his work through his association with Jean-Luc Ponty. A couple of Holdsworth’s solos on Ponty’s epic Enigmatic Ocean are among the best I’ve ever heard.

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My wonderful wife and I attended our first car gathering of 2019 yesterday, a noble effort by a prestigious private school to raise money for Scleroderma research. This is a poor picture of my favorite car at the show, a 1955 Buick Roadmaster. I literally choked up when I saw this car for the first time yesterday. I think part of my reaction can be explained by the fact that the first car I ever drove was a 1956 Buick Century. Here is a picture of the Roadmaster interior:

 

 

I am becoming more obsessed with American cars from the 1950s every day. (OCD is a bitch, even if it’s OCD-lite.) Some day, hopefully in the not too distant future, I will be able to add one of these to the garage, which will have to be bigger than our current garage.

I know I am not the only person obsessed with automobiles. What causes such a strong connection to an inanimate object for so many people?

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I am almost ready to unveil Ultimate Garage 2.0. First, I will write one post about the cars that just missed the cut. After that I will reveal the cars, one at a time, and that will preempt Throwback Thursday and Frugal Friday. I will probably show the cars in chronological order; that is, the first car to be shown will be the oldest car and each successive car will get closer to the present. Right now, I think Ultimate Garage 2.0 will have 12 cars. It was a struggle for me to get the list down to 12.

I may first unveil my wonderful wife’s Ultimate Garage. David Banner and The Muscleheaded Blog have already submitted theirs. I would still very much like to read and to share your Ultimate Garage with Disaffected Musings readers.

 

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Pictures From A Sunny Sunday/Ed Cole

Yesterday was the annual car show held by a local museum that I look forward to every year. (Sorry for the poor syntax, but I am very tired.) I have come to the realization that I REALLY love cars (the definition of DUH!) and have to be involved in the automobile industry in some way. If anyone has any original ideas, I am all ears.

This 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible literally moved me to tears. 56packardman.com has informed me that, besides being his favorite 1955 color combination, the colors are White Jade, Rose Quartz and Grey Pearl Metallic. The owner of this car also brought a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado and 1957 Cadillac Biarritz to the show. I don’t know the exact number, but I would estimate the total number of cars at about 575. For the nth time I am so tired of the homogenized offerings of today’s large automobile manufacturers. I think the debilitating sameness explains why so many car aficionados gravitate towards exotic cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini.

 

This real 1937 Cord was the biggest surprise of the show. The owner of this car owns about 25 cars, but this was the only one he brought on this day. I attended the show with my wonderful wife (as always), my amazing niece and a cousin from Israel. My cousin very much enjoyed the show, but I couldn’t convey the significance of this car.

 

This is a beautiful 1955 Buick Roadmaster. As I have written before I have an affinity for mid-1950s Buicks as the first car I ever drove was a 1956 Buick Century that my father owned for more than 20 years. By the way, after a period of cloudy, rainy weather that seemingly lasted for weeks we were fortunate to have a beautiful day for the show. It is raining again today. Enjoy the good moments and Carpe Diem!

 

OK, this is the obligatory photo of a C2 Corvette. I don’t know if my restomod is going to be a 1964 model like this one (I would prefer a 1967, all other things being equal), but if mine looks like this when it’s complete I’ll be very happy. I also have no idea when my car will be complete as I have not signed any paperwork, official or otherwise, with any company to have my restomod built. Still, people keep saying to “Think Positive” and that if a person writes down a goal it is more likely to be fulfilled.

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Do you know who Ed Cole was? He was born on this day in 1909. He was an important person in the history of General Motors and in the history of the American automobile industry, in general. (How about that juxtaposition in word use?!)

Cole was promoted to Chief Engineer of Chevrolet in 1952. He was in charge of the development of the legendary small-block Chevrolet V-8 engine, of which more than 100,000,000 were produced from the 1955 model year into the early 21st century. Cole and Zora Arkus-Duntov rejuvenated the Corvette and sent the car on its way to becoming automotive royalty.

For better or for worse, the Corvair was Ed Cole’s baby. I discussed the Corvair in this recent post. Like I wrote, for better or for worse. Cole became President of GM in 1967 and in that role oversaw the transition to unleaded gasoline.

Sadly, Cole died while piloting his private plane just three years after retiring from General Motors. I think his birthday is a very appropriate time to remember him and his contributions.

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