Sometimes your dreams do come true.
Here’s one of mine that did and does, in the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the night of January 21, 2017, during the after-party for the River Raisin Ragtime Review: Erin Morris dances while Jon-Erik Kellso and James Dapogny play. And Laura Wyman recorded it on her hand-held camera.
I bless the four of them.
Three souls in harmony, reflecting motion and sound, each telling Don Redman’s tale: James, seated; Jon-Erik, standing; Erin, mobile. Individuals in community, coming together to create something that enthralls and cheers.
Watch and listen a few more times and go deep in to the splendors. There’s a famous anecdote of Earl Hines at the Chicago Musicians’ Union in 1924, fooling around at the piano with a new pop tune by Isham Jones, THE ONE I LOVE (BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE) — and a chubby young man formerly of New Orleans comes up, unpacks his cornet, and joins in. No one who wasn’t in that room ever heard that music — although a few intrepid heartfelt souls have made their own variations on that duet. And as far as I know, no one danced.
I wasn’t there, either, but I think this impromptu trio is at the same level: it gives me chills and then a rush of gratitude. Thank you, Erin, James, Jon-Erik, Laura.
(An alternate take: here you can see the video produced by William Pemberton, director of the RRRR, same time, same place.)
The skies are dark this afternoon, but we live amidst marvels.
May your happiness increase!