As a kid, rock and roll was all there was for me with the exception of an occasional catchy pop song. Then I walked into my college radio station where Miles Davis’ “So What” was playing. Not knowing what it was, I had to find out. Then I bought the album, “Kind of Blue,” and listened to it over and over again; 46 minutes of “Wow!” It was released long before I was born, and is regarded as one of the greatest Jazz compositions and albums of all time. It introduced me to Jazz, Miles Davis, and his band members, including John Coltrane. More importantly, it opened my mind and taught me how to listen to music in a whole new way. Today I appreciate everything from Tchaikovsky to Tupac to Taylor Swift and credit that one tune on that one day for it.

Joel is a music lover who enjoys chasing ping pong balls on a windy cruise ship