Bill Evans – “Easy Living”

I struggled with what I wanted to write for my first post. Then, like some kind of ready-made stereotype about writers, I played Bill Evans’s take on Easy Living. A jazz standard that has existed since the late 30s, I came to know the Bill Evans version through Jerrod Carmichael’s “Rothaniel” special that aired on HBO recently.

I visited New York City for my birthday in 2019 and generally felt as small and ant-like as Jerrod appears in the opening minutes of the special as he heads towards New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club where the rest of the special takes place. Watching this either on my computer or on my TV, I somehow want to go again as if I didn’t understand it the first time due to the usual anxiety I have. All the usual bombastic musical fare (ala Fame) that centers around New York City seems more squared for a younger audience that needs to be seen.

Although a cover, the Bill Evans version of Easy Living was put together for the adult who went from wanting to be the center of attention in their youth to simply being a mere character in the bigger stage play of everyday life.