Miles Davis knew The Secret by Claudia Apfelthaler
Briefly, for those readers that do not know about The Secret, it's about creating pictures in your head that direct your life. The Secret is also a hit movie about that theme. The producer of the movie said she discovered The Secret after reading a book named "The Science of Getting Rich". In The Science of Getting Rich the author writes that: Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the picture clearly. If that is all you do, you are only a dreamer, and will have little or no power for accomplishment. Behind your clear vision must be the purpose to realize it, to bring it out in tangible expression. And behind this purpose must be an invincible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already yours, which it is "at hand" and you have only to take possession of it. After reading Miles biography it struck me that Miles unconsciously knew and lived by The Secret.
Since I first began my love affair with music I adored Miles Davis. That trumpet of his took me on journeys to the beyond. Miles still does that for me. I can listen to Sketches of Spain or Kind of Blue and be calmed, taken to that place of serenity. Miles has been classified as one of the greatest visionaries in jazz history. Whilst he was alive he never lost his coolness. Today my pubertising teenagers think he is hip, and that is saying something! As Miles said, "A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it".
In 1949 people still had ideas of racism, but Miles didn't care, (Science Of Getting Rich - What I want for myself, I want for everybody) he bought together an array of musicians. He once said he'd give a guy with green skin and "polka-dotted breath" a job, as long as they could play sax as well as Lee Konitz. That was the time miles introduced cool jazz which was sold under the name of Birth of the Cool. Miles fought with a heroin addiction for 4 years. He got clean by taking inspiration from the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
Miles was the man that said: Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
Unlike a lot of black musicians, Miles came from a well to do family. His father was an accountant and had good paying clients. Miles was always dressed to the nines, I remember him in a gold trench coat and that famous cherry red trumpet. Miles said about himself: For me, music and life are all about style.
Miles began to tour with Billy Eckstine's band whilst he was still at school. He never dropped his vision of being a musician. As Wallace Wattles says in The Science of Getting Rich: The desire to play music is the power which can play music seeking expression and development. Miles said, "It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it." And Miles got rich, he bought himself a Ferrari. One of his famous comments was: Big Fun, and to live up to that statement he produced a record under that title.
In 1955 Miles gave a mind blowing performance of Thelonius Monk's Round Midnight at the Newport Jazz Festival. After that he was hot property. In the late 50's he popularized modal jazz and changed the direction of jazz again. Miles always had the cream of the crop musicians playing with him. Miles took another new direction when he got heavily into electric instruments and fused jazz with rock and produced the record, Bitches Brew.
Miles endearingly said, "We're not going to play the blues anymore. Let the white folks play the blues. They got 'em' so they can keep 'em'". He sure knew about creating affirmations.
In the late seventies Miles yet again battled with a drug habit, this time it was cocaine. He fell into poor health and due to lack of inspiration he lapsed into a 5 year retirement. Miles was known to have said, "Always look ahead, but never look back" so he made his come back bigger and better than before. He never hung on to his old sounds, he was always creating new sounds. Miles was the guy that exclaimed, "Don't play what's there, play what's not there." This reminds me of what Wallace Wattles wrote in The Science Of Getting Rich, "The visible supply is practically inexhaustible, and the invisible supply really is inexhaustible".
In the 80's Miles won a series of Grammy Awards. Miles commented that, "Nothing is out of the question for me. I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light...then I'm grateful".
The Science Of Getting Rich says this: The whole process of mental adjustment and attunement can be summed up in one word: Gratitude.
Miles passed on in 1991 leaving behind a wealth of riches and music.
About the Author
Claudia Apfelthaler manifested her poor self into her rich self by paying attention to the universal laws of attraction. She is an enthusiastic Author, Reader, MLM'er, Mother and Adventurer. She can be visited around the clock at her website: http://www.richbeyondwords.com Get your free copy of The Science of Getting Rich http://thesecret.cosmic-marketing.com