Sep 24, 2009
There are new arrivals in my home – the above pictured puppies are Hamish and Angus, a pair of mini-dachshunds Nancy and I brought home this weekend.
I had to share this picture with you, and post the only song that would do – Sonny Rollins’ composition “Doxy” as recorded by Miles Davis on his Bag’s Groove album. A jazz classic, Rollins wrote the song by adapting the chords from “Ja-Da (Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing, Jing, Jing!)”, a hit song written in 1918 by Bob Carleton.
In a recent interview, Rollins rememberd writing the tune:
Actually I think I was institutionalized when I wrote “Doxy.” The gory details…well it was back at a time when I was hooked on drugs, and while I was institutionalized my mind turned to music, and I had an opportunity to play with a band, a sort of Protestant Chapel Band – we played hymns and such. It’s not a pleasant memory. But it’s fruitful in that I was able to overcome those problems. I wrote “Doxy” during that time.
Apparently the song has no real bad memories for Sonny – when he eventually established his own record label, he named it Doxy Records.