The very first thing I remember in my early childhood is a flame, a blue flame jumping off a gas stove somebody lit…
I remember being shocked by the whoosh of the blue flame jumping off the burner, the suddenness of it…
I saw that flame and felt that hotness of it close to my face.
I felt fear, real fear, for the first time in my life.
But I remember it also like some kind of adventure, some kind of weird joy, too.
I guess that experience took me someplace in my head I hadn’t been before…
The fear I had was almost like an invitation, a challenge to go forward into something I knew nothing about.
That’s where I think my personal philosophy of life and my commitment to everything I believe in started…
In my mind I have always believed and thought since then that my motion had to be forward, away from the heat of that flame.
Miles: The Autobiography
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.
He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music.
Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.
In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which recognized him as „one of the key figures in the history of jazz.“
Rolling Stone described him as „the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time, not to mention one of the most important musicians of the 20th century,“ while Gerald Early called him inarguably one of the most influential and innovative musicians of that period.