Chewing Gum While Playing? Miles Davis

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  1. tgl

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    Did Miles Davis have a habit of chewing gum while playing his trumpet?

    Whenever I watch some of his later (1980s) performances it often looks like he's chewing gum when he's between measures or just resting.

    Wondering if this might have been just a strange habit or if there was some kind of logic or superstition behind the practice.

    Just wondering...
     
  2. tgl

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    I found my own answer... where would I be without my old trusted friend Mr. Google?

    Ian Carr wrote in his book "The Definitive Biography" that Miles chewed gum because he suffered from dry mouth due to some of the medications he was on for different ailments.

    FYI, I also see that John Lennon chewed gum too. There is also some speculation that some singers chew gum to keep their mouths moist.

    Interesting...
     
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    I found my own answer... where would I be without my old trusted friend Mr. Google?

    Ian Carr wrote in his book "The Definitive Biography" that Miles chewed gum because he suffered from dry mouth due to some of the medications he was on for different ailments.

    FYI, I also see that John Lennon chewed gum too. There is also some speculation that some singers chew gum to keep their mouths moist.

    Interesting...
     
  4. Bay Area Brass

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    I think I remember seeing in an interview that Miles said he chewed gum to help with quitting smoking- I guess it's supposed to help.
     
  5. RHSbigbluemarchingband

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    I like playing with gum. I won't with my Strad, but with my marching horns I will. When its hot/cold and dry out, having the gum helps to keep my lips moist for longer, getting rid of the need to lick them constantly. I just have to wash my horns more often to keep the gum juices from sitting inside.
     
  6. Markie

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    Miles liked illegal drugs. Often when people do substances that have a amphetamine quality(like cocaine or crank), they will work their jaw as if chewing gum. It will look kinda like they are trying to 'pop' their jaw into place.
    Then again, maybe what you saw Miles actually chewing gum while playing to keep his mouth from drying out. However, I've seen clips of Miles doing the "jaw thing" and its classic amphetimine behavior just like the constant digging and scratching as if the person has fleas which is another behavior of junkies.
     
  7. Alex_C

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    I chew gum BEFORE playing to clean my mouth, but I can't imagine chewing it WHILE playing ... "FOOMP! Oops, there went my gum!"
     

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