From James Dapogny:
Did I ever tell you about Doc Cheatham’s radio interview in St. Louis? I was playing there with my band and Doc was too. It was a milestone birthday of this, and a St. Louis radio station sent a reporter to interview him. I saw this live, didn’t hear it on the radio.
The interviewer, mentioning Doc’s birthday and that he was still playing great, asked him what “his secret” was. Doc said, “My rule is to listen to a Louie Armstrong record every day of my life.”
This isn’t a difficult prescription to follow. No co-pay, no sitting in the office reading magazines from 2012; no driving to the pharmacy. Just take your daily infusion, your tincture of Joy and Warmth.
The potion for today is . . .
TRUE CONFESSION is a tender ballad (I also know Connee Boswell’s version, just as sweet as anyone could imagine) even though the lyrics borrow pop-song conceits from four or five other songs. If you disdain this as “not jazz,” I suggest you listen to Louis here in the spirit you’d listen to Brahms or Schubert — great impassioned melody. Louis’ complete love of Melody and of Romance comes through in every note. And, by coincidence, the lyrics have “secret” in them, too. But the love that Louis exudes is always with us, always restorative, never hidden.
May your happiness increase!