While I might not think Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is the pinnacle of American Literature, I cannot say it isn’t without its merits. There are moments of brilliance within the text. Additionally, I am not really a fan of Jazz music, preferring Blues or Sixties Rock. Nonetheless, combining the two can produce some amazing results.
I am in possession of a bunch of recordings of Kerouac reading from his works and Steve Allen accompanying him on the piano. On this lazy Sunday afternoon, with the last day of a long weekend still looming, a cup of coffee in my hand, I took the opportunity to listen to these recordings again. It was today’s perfect moment.