February 12, 2008
Jazz got a big boost last night at the Grammy's when Herbie Hancock won the Grammy
for best jazz album of the year entitled, "The Joni Letters", a collection of letters, poems and lyrics by singer/musician
Joni Mitchell. Before he received the award he had wowed the audience with his piano virtuosity backed up by a
full symphonic orchestra.
Like Herbie I too am a musician and Buddhist, so I feel a kinship with him. I have
followed his career since his early days with trumpeter extraodinaire Miles Davis - he has had a long an illustrious
I read this in
an article once: "A recurring theme as we discussed his career - past, present, and future - was the responsibility he
feels to play an active role in cultivating not only the next generation of jazz musicians but also the audiences that will
a short bio:
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations
and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie's success at expanding the possibilities of
musical thought has placed him in the annals of the last and this century's visionaries. With an illustrious career
spanning five decades, he continues to amaze audiences and never ceases to expand the public's vision of what music, particularly
jazz, is all about today.
Herbie Hancock's creative path has moved fluidly between almost every development
in acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B since 1960. He has attained an enviable balance of commercial and artistic success,
arriving at a point in his career where he ventures into every new project motivated purely by the desire to expand the boundaries
of his creativity.
There are few artists in the music industry who have gained more respect and cast more influence
than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and
Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."
Why has Herbie been such
a force in the music world? The answer is in the stars. Herbie was born on April 12, 1940 (no time available)
in Chicago, Illinois under the sign of Sidereal Pisces. Pisces rules creativity and the piano. Pisces
is a water sensitive sign and encompasses all the other signs. Like a chameleon he can fit in with all types
of musicians and social environments.
Herbie has a Sun, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune Integration
which means that he (Sun) is a very aware, (Uranus) well educated (Jupiter) lucky (Jupiter) and successful (Jupiter) musician
(Neptune) that has a massive (Uranus) global (Uranus) appeal.
This signature also indicates a person
who would play a large (Jupiter) piano, all types of electrical (Neptune) keyboards and be famous (Uranus) for it.
Herbie was majoring in electrical engineering when dropped out of college to pursue his music career. This same planetary
alignment is why he converted to Buddhism and began to chant "Nam-myo-ho-renge-kyo to free himself from other oppressive
religions and enhance his life.
Herbie's Venus conjunct Mars gives his him good physical dexterity with
his fingers and percussive (Mars) strength. This also adds to an affable (Venus) personality (Mars) and good
looks. His Moon in Taurus adds stability, musical appreciation and harmonic abilities.
On Monday night when
Herbie received his Grammy, he was getting some very favorable planetary aspects. First, he was having a conjunction
of the Sun and Neptune making a favorable aspect to his birth Sun, Neptune and Jupiter. This signalled a time (Sun)
of recognition (Sun) for his (Sun) creative (Neptune) and multi (Jupiter) talented (Neptune) musicianship. Also
this suggest that the award will give him more long-term financial and career success.
Transiting Venus square
his Sun, Jupiter and trine his natal Neptune indicates that his artistic recognition for versatile gifts and many colaborations were
long in coming, but the longevity of his career will continue as well as his success and enormus creativity.
Hopefullythe music industry's acknowledgement of his accomplishments will bring more attention
to jazz and a greater appreciation of America's national treasure. PLAY ON HERBIE!