One of my favorite stories, not just in jazz, comes from Jess Stacy’s oral history — a book I’ve commended on this blog. He is lost and unhappy. He is sitting on the edge of his bed, weighing his miseries yet vowing that he will not drink himself to death. Eventually, Stacy tires of the introspection and hauls himself upright, telling himself, “Come on, Stacy! Time to make some new memories!” And he does.
The story bubbled back to me because of the performance I will share with you. In it, two young women, one with a guitar, sing and offer deep feelings in a San Francisco eatery on August 10, 2013.
Eloquently deep-voiced Meredith Axelrod, who also plays guitar in a charming early-twentieth-century manner: she is a strolling troubadour who doesn’t need to roam boulevards. And Tamar Korn, mistress of soulful explorations.
The song? Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s MEMORIES OF YOU.
Thank you so, Meredith and Tamar, Eubie and Noble, for a new memory I will not forget. My “rosary of tears” while listening and watching comes from joy and admiration. Music should always come to us with such sweet, grave power.
May your happiness increase!