You don’t have to be a cat or have one. Just get comfortable and watch this extraordinary offering — joy doubled and tripled, in sound and motion. I’m so delighted that this exists:
Thanks to Erin Morris and Her Ragdolls*: Erin Morris, Brittany Armstrong Morton, Sarah Campbell, Rachel Bomphray, Hayden Nickel.
Thanks to James Dapogny and his Jazz Band: Tom Bogardus, clarinet; Paul Finkbeiner, trumpet; Chris Smith, trombone; James Dapogny, piano / arrangements; Shannon Wade, string bass; Rod McDonald, banjo; Van Hunsberger, drums.
Thanks to Laura Beth Wyman, who filmed this delight at the Zal Gaz Grotto, Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 21, 2015.
And a few muttering comments. One refers to the asterisk above, which leads the righteous among us to the Facebook page of Ms. Morris and her Ragdolls. I’ve done my best — leaving aside threats and whinging as unseemly — but so far only 495 people have “liked” the Ragdolls. Is this what Bill Robinson would have us do? Or Walter Page? Knute Rockne? Joan Blondell? William Carlos Williams? Reginald Marsh?
I ask you. Please, so that I sleep longer and happier, “like” them tonight. Now.
I spent several hours in a waiting room today — for boring reasons, nothing serious — where there was the inevitable cable television on, bolted to the wall above our heads. The E! cable channel. I despair, when I think that there is no Dapogny – Morris channel, yet the E! channel blathers on. Well, instead of succumbing to darkness and bleakness, I will watch the video of ST. LOUIS BLUES again. It occurs to me that this package — band and dancers — could be wooed out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for someone willing to uplift the rest of the country. Anyone daring reading this post?
May your happiness increase!