Here’s another opportunity to hear some priceless stories from the man who was there, with eyes, ears, and heart open — our friend and hero Dan Morgenstern, at home on April 21, 2017, speaking of the people he knew and admired. I’ve shared previous interview segments here and here.
And here’s more: Dick Wellstood covering fires for the local newspaper, Lester Young auditioning the new pianist:
and on a wide range of memorable people. (After I’d shut the camera off, I mentioned the Singletons’ dog, Bringdown — whom Dan had also encountered. Perhaps the next interview segment should be devoted to Famous Jazz Pets?)
What’s the moral? Nothing new, I think. When people pass into spirit, they never “die” as long as they are remembered with affection, as Dan does here. And the living — that’s us, with luck — have a responsibility to keep the memories fresh, by telling stories and making sure those stories don’t vanish. If you have a story-teller in your bunch, and the stories don’t have to be about jazz, place your iPhone in front of Grandma and ask her to tell what made her love Grandpa so. (Big Joe Turner had his own answer, which you can inquire about.)
Bless Mister Morgenstern — not only for keeping the memories alive, but for sharing them with us so beautifully. There’s more to come.
May your happiness increase!