Hey all, Not been here in a while! Anyway, a pressing music coursework deadline is looming... Tomorrow (Friday) I have to perform 12 minutes worth of material, and do a talk on one of the pieces for a minimum of 5 minutes. My "featured piece" that I have to talk about is going to be Portrait of Tracy. Basically, I know I'm going to talk about the technical side of it (difficulty of playing harmonics, artificial harmonics, getting the over-all volume right between 'real' and harmonic notes in chords, etc.), the Jaco Pastorius biography side of it, the "Why I dig the chaaaaawn" side of it, BUT - I don't know 'why' it was written. I know it sounds like a stupid question, and that pieces are usually inspired, but who IS the "Tracy" in the title? I seem to remember having read that it was written about someone he knew, something like his wife or something? Not 100% sure about that, so anyone who's got any idea - any help would be much appreciated! Sorry if it's in the wrong forum, like I said - I've been away for a while, so I'm no fully au fait with it all Mark.