Somehow I doubt that Fats Waller — that ebullient rascal — would have taken to social distancing, and perhaps a man who died at 39 is not the best role model for those of us who think wistfully of outliving the current emergency. But this 1940 recording — music by Fats, lyrics by And Razaf — tenderly speaks to our situation right this moment. Yes, in some ways it is a romantic saga; it extends the conceit of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. But I find it especially encouraging and poignant for right now. See if you agree. And perhaps you’ll play it again. Or it will become the sweet soundtrack to your sheltering at home. I hope so.
There is a wonderful photograph of Fats’ last home, taken by Matthew X. Kiernan. The address of this 1931 Tudor Revival house is 173-19 Sayers Ave. Addisleigh Park. St. Albans, Queens. Here is the link. But this is the house as it looked when Fats bought it in 1938.
May your happiness increase!