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John Coltrane and Video Games

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John Coltrane and Video Games

John Coltrane and Video Games

I think musicians make music for one of two reasons: to entertain, or because they have no choice; it's bursting out of them.

There's a new game for the iPod called "Phase." Basically, it's Guitar Hero for the jog wheel set. The music that comes with the game is just a hoot — totally entertainment music.

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Who writes this stuff? Do they know how funny it is? My son and I laughed so hard, it hurt.

When you play Phase, you have to click your iPod while these little "notes" come at you on the screen; they come at you to the beat of the music. The songs written for the game have great titles like "The Theme of the Awesome." This music is the epitome of music as entertainment. And I love the way this music can make me laugh.

One feature of the game Phase is that you can put any song on your iPod and play to its rhythm.

I wonder what would happen if I picked John Coltrane as my soundtrack to Phase. Total entertainment meets absolute soul.

If the sky turns blood red and tiny frogs fall from the clouds, you may know why.

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