Whether it is inebriation, a tragedy, a piece of tragedy, or a teary read, there’s never so few motivations to give a shout out to my heroes. The chill from my glass of whiskey is surely telling my hand to move.

Here’s a toast to my heroes:

Serge Gainsbourg

Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Frédéric Chopin.

Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Jaco Pastorious, Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry, Bill Laurance, Michael League, and Robert Glasper.

Bertrand Russell, W.V. O. Quine, Derek Parfit, Shelly Kagan, Daniel Dennett, Baruch Spinoza, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Sandel, Patricia Churchland and Peter Singer.

Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Paul Bloom, and Antonio Damasio.

Radiohead, Belle and Sebastian, Pulp, and Jarvis Cocker.

D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Hiatus Kaiyote

Jon Hopkins, Vibrasphere, and Brian Eno.

W.B. Yeats, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Albert Camus, and Vladimir Nabokov.


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