Kashmere

My job can involve some pretty dry stuff. Writing about patents can get boring quickly. See, I just yawned.  Maybe, just maybe, writing about stuff I like will get the creative juices flowing.

Ironically, though, this post involves the law, but also music.  I’m obsessed with the soundtrack to the movie Baby Driver.  And I’m really obsessed with the track Kashmere.  It was written by Conrad O. Johnson, Sr., nicknamed “Prof.”  He was the late band director for the Kashmere High School Stage Band in Houston, Texas.  The band recorded Prof’s track Kashmere in the late 60s or early 70s.  This track is amazing. It’s almost unbelievable that high school students played it.  But the standouts on the track are the drummer and the bassist.  I had to find out who they are.

I checked my go-to source for track credits, allmusic.com.  Nada.  Then I watched  Thunder Soul, a documentary about the band.  The documentary focuses on a reunion concert in 2008.  Some players had not blown their horns in over 30 years. There was urgency to getting back up to speed — Prof was 92 and in ill health. The band wanted to show Prof their appreciation while he was still alive, and also prove to themselves that they could still play.

The bassist Gerald Calhoun is featured in the movie.  Was he the bassist who played on Kashmere? After digging around and finding him on facebook, I found that we have a mutual friend. Somewhat impulsively, I sent him a friend request.  Hopefully he accepts so I can get to the bottom of this burning question.

But what does all that have to do with the law?  I have a theory that folks with obsessive tendencies make good lawyers.  Why?  See above.  I will spend hours chasing down the answer to an obscure music-related question that does not impact my life in any meaningful way.  Because I have to know.  That’s a good skill for a lawyer.  If your lawyer will spend hours trying to find the answer to a seemingly insignificant question, just think how hard that lawyer will work to answer a question that could make or break your case.

I’m not tooting my own horn.  Quite the opposite.  I am wondering if OCD is something I have or is prevalent among lawyers.  I GTS’d it and, yes, this is a thing.  So is depression and substance abuse.  It’s a bit of a chicken/egg thing.  Do people become lawyers because of these underlying issues or does the profession create them?  I think it’s both. This is a good article on the topic.  And here’s another one, where the author (also a lawyer) concludes that “I honestly believe that practicing law makes many people go crazy.”

Am I crazy?  Hold that thought – Gerald Calhoun just accepted my friend request.

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