This is a time unlike any other in our lifetimes, a combination horror-show/silver-cloud-lining time.
If you’re reading this and you’re ill, I’m sending you the best and most positive thoughts. If you’re reading this and you’refeeling okay, then I’m sending you a huge “I’m glad” message with the admonition to stay healthy, stay well, and to stay the course. And, if you’re reading this and you’re on the front lines of the COVID-19 response — doctors, nurses, staff, grocery workers and clerks, post office employees, other delivery folks, first responders —then I’m sending you a timely and gigantic THANK YOU.
Here’s a song, recorded on the last performance I made before the Lockdown kicked in, with George Garzone on tenor sax, Alan Pasqua on piano and Darek Oles on bass. Recorded “live” at a Boise Jazz Society gig in Idaho. The photos in the video come mostly from my neighborhood, taken during walks.
This is a time for renewal and renewed commitment … me? I’m grateful to be alive. Maybe and hopefully again one day, we can all make music together again. For now, please enjoy this tune. And, if I may, these lyrics from Paul Simon’s “Bookends.”
Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, A time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories; They’re all that’s left you