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23 comments20 Mar 2004 @ 05:25 by shawa : People are beautiful
Thanks for Sharing, Richard, I feel that it´s important, for you and for us.
The camelia we planted for you is flowering like mad! Just so you know that we think of you, every day. It´s right there, in the middle of the garden, where every buddy who passes by can send you some good vibrations! :-) We call it the Jazzman´s Camelia...
20 Mar 2004 @ 05:41 by jazzolog : What Fragrance!
I didn't know about that. I love them, and alas it is too cold in Ohio to grow any outdoors.
I wonder whether you remember your cherry tree, which we planted in our herb garden last year. It looks ready to bud soon. We may not get blossoms yet this year....but I'll post a picture here at just the right moment so you can see.
20 Mar 2004 @ 05:45 by rdr @22.214.171.124 : your scan
thanks for shareing this
i suspect for many you are pioneering for us
fyi i believe you are entitled to all your scans and x rays
O wow, how nice of him to write! rdr runs this amazing resource: http://www.cadencebuilding.com/
20 Mar 2004 @ 06:54 by shawa : Cherry tree
Yep, I remember. :-)
20 Mar 2004 @ 06:57 by Marie @126.96.36.199 : Our Journeys
A very human and spiritual look at compassion and devastation in our lives. We do have a choice on how we perceive our lot in life. Much love, Marie
20 Mar 2004 @ 06:58 by Kay @188.8.131.52 : So proud of you
Human, down to earth interactions with others is what makes life during the tough times bareable. I am so very proud of you and for sharing this special moment in your life with us and with me in particular. Thanks for the many years of frienship and here my dear(Lifing my glass-of OJ) is to many more. I beat my cancer and if it is possible for one to do it then two can do it. Wayne is the number two and so you can make it three winners. Being activly involved is an expression of that inner Authority that you have. It helps move the healing process forward. Way to go my friend.
...an I told you more than 5 years ago that you are an awesome writer.
Love you and the family,
20 Mar 2004 @ 07:40 by martha : Great story Jazz
thanks so much for starting my day off with it and sharing. She sounds like a lovely person and just the kind to be doing that work. I assume we are looking at your body...
20 Mar 2004 @ 07:49 by spiritseek : My I-Ching reading today
Limits are necessary to give purpose and direction to life. Swimming in a sea of boundless opportunity would soon lead to exhaustion. Winging it alone in a sky of boundless opportunity would lead to being lost. In human affairs, the making of choices, and alliances, implies limitation, for in choosing one path another must be abandoned.
One key to a successful life is to select your limits consciously and carefully - to be discriminating in the setting of personal boundaries and knowing when to join in formation. Thrift, for example, often precedes prosperity; just as the letting go of selfish interests often leads to greater personal reward. Only by consciously accepting useful limits can one's energy be channeled to good purpose, and lead to lasting accomplishment.
Point yourself toward a middle way, the mean between discipline and freedom of spirit. Limits will come of their own accord; but to be able to consciously select your own affiliations in life - that's knowing how to fly! At the same time, do not go overboard on discipline. Even limitation must be limited, so that in attempting to bring order and direction into your life you do not choke off vital sources of enthusiasm and spontaneity.
Similarly, in groups and organizations, the rules and regulations should strike a balance between being too strict and too soft. If too strict, they build frustration among people, and ultimately become destructive. If too lenient, sloppiness becomes acceptable, and energy is soon dissipated. The best path is one which allows for the fulfillment of individual potential, while encouraging self-discipline and focus.
20 Mar 2004 @ 08:15 by nellie @184.108.40.206 : (whitman says it best) from
I have perceiv'd that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly
round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women and looking
on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.
Nellie is a friend and neighbor here in Athens, where we met working on children's theatre.
20 Mar 2004 @ 08:39 by celestial @220.127.116.11 : jazzolog
Hoping and praying your recovery will be speedy.
I especially enjoyed hearing about the appointment meeting. If we all could interact with such grace the world would be a better place.
20 Mar 2004 @ 09:07 by Miss Melanie @18.104.22.168 : My best
Exceptional experiences are not always the most wonderful ones...but they are the ones through which you grow the most. You described an exceptional experience with an exceptional person. In difficult times, it is the exceptional people that help get you through it. Much love to you and yours, my dear friend
Miss Melanie is the career counselor/advisor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. http://www.utm.edu/
20 Mar 2004 @ 10:09 by swan : Richard,
I love this essay, it is so real and alive with the human spirit in you and in Sue. It is that spirit that pulls us through at times like this. Thank you for you openness and honesty.
20 Mar 2004 @ 19:30 by Elyse @22.214.171.124 : Living in the NOW
I look forward to reading more essays about how you are handling this difficult situation, fully participating in the present moment to find there the grace, compassion, and beauty we so often overlook. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you during your journey! Love, Elyse
Elyse is a dear friend of 30 years and former colleague during teaching days in Massachusetts. One day I suggested she should move to Manhattan---and sort of dared her to. To my astonishment she did it and has lived in the same apartment, near Columbia, for a quarter century.
23 Mar 2004 @ 15:36 by Pat Beatty @126.96.36.199 : Maybe this will help
They say that cancer cells are surrounded by inflammation and that the cancer feeds off this. Energized water will neutralize the free radicals that make up inflammation and should help with the cancer. It's something to keep in mind if the radiation doesn't work and it's well worth a try.
All the best, Pat.
24 Mar 2004 @ 02:28 by jazzolog : Charging My Water
Thanks for the tip Pat, and nice to meet you. She IS a member, in case you clicked her name and thought jazzoLOG had been spammed. Our water still comes from our own well...and I complement it with regular trips to a spring in Zaleski Woods. That's mostly for our special-occasion drinking water, which is so energized naturally it just jumps up and says Howdy every time I drink some. Usually this time of year we find salamander fry swimming around in it in my glass gallon jugs. I don't know if wiring it would improve on the energy or not...but will think on't. We're tending away from radiation as our option. That leaves the surgery...and I'll have a couple months probably to prepare and deal with the fear. Alternative methods will be added too...although we already have a pretty healthy lifestyle.
24 Mar 2004 @ 18:00 by Pat Beatty @188.8.131.52 : Have you tested your water?
It could be that your spring water is charged, have you tested it? I heard from a fellow in Buxton (N.Eng.) where they have a spa and he said that that water is energized. It's a fascinating subject.
25 Mar 2004 @ 04:13 by jazzolog : We Need To Do This
25 Mar 2004 @ 07:47 by Grange @184.108.40.206 : Singing to Richard
Today I sent you an email and then began to enjoy your marvelous network of faceless friends all out here connecting to you and your quest. Know we are connected and after reading little snippets of nurturing I am blessed for knowing you.
25 Mar 2004 @ 10:45 by jazzolog : Lady Haig
Grange made me a tape recently of some piano jazz by her late husband Al Haig. She went so far as to plug in a microphone and introduce a few of the selections. Let me tell you that she has the penultimate female jazz speaking voice. The thought of her singing to me---maybe Fly Me To The Moon?---puts this cat in a trance.
26 Mar 2004 @ 06:24 by Grange @220.127.116.11 : New York City Sends Kudos to RIchard!
Honest! NEW YORK IS WAITING FOR ME TO SHOUT FROM THE TOP OF A RED DOUBLE DECKER BUS IN LESS THAN TWO HOURS...10:00 A. M. LISTEN!
I speak to you through a horn with two mouthpieces after a walk through a long dark hallway and I decided, very quickly, that "Let's Have a Little Wake Up Music" to start the day. So, I've got Elliot Lawrence on our record date as the leader and he has Tiny Kahn starting to rev up Richard's engine with
T. N. T. He has advised me to get the word out that RIchard Rodgers has erased THE BLUE ROOM of doubt and we are swinging in as OUR HEARTS STAND STILL because JEEPERS CREEPERS we don't want to be down in the depths of the 99th floor with your quest for continuing to have SAX APPEAL...hope you are smiling at a contribution from your certainly not...motley crew .. have a great day and if you desire... I will make a tape just speaking with you from my ...you make me laugh...outloud..penultimate VOICE. LADY HAIG
Are we straying way off topic here...or is this getting down to the bare bones? Lady outdoes herself to show the trait of jazz fans and players (particularly when they interpolate) to run circles around each other's heads with obscure reference. Outsiders (who used to be called squares---and not able to run in circles at all) have no idea what we're talking about---and jazzers, for some reason, like it that way. Look at all the terms we've made up---like the word "jazz" itself, for instance.
Anyway, what is this comment about? It's a paradiddle conundrum you either get or ya don't...but here're a few footnotes:
"TNT" is a big band arrangement from 1955 or so, that'll make your socks roll up and down---if you're into that sort of music. The only recording I know of was for the Fantasy label and featured both Al Cohn and Zoot Sims on tenors. For some strange reason it's true that Elliot Lawrence had an orchestra at that time, with those and other luminaries in it, that played not only Tiny Kahn original compositions but also those of Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Mandel and Cohn himself. You really couldn't do better than that---and yet of course the band remained unknown, failed, and disappeared. If anyone remembers Lawrence at all, it was as a Broadway pitband leader. What Grange doesn't know is that I saw him once, in Jamestown NY, fronting the Johnny Richards band of the late '50s, with both Gene Quill and Phil Woods on altos, performing that band's entire book. And yes, they played "The Ballad of Tappan Zee."
As for Tiny Kahn, who is hardly remembered as an arranger by anyone at all including jazz fans, he was a musician who pioneered the Mel Lewis approach to big band drumming, and unfortunately died much too soon (he was 29)---as is the case with so many jazz artists of that time. There is a connection to Al Haig, in that Tiny was the drummer for the celebrated Storyville sessions of Stan Getz and Jimmy Raney in 1951, in which Al played piano. One of the evenings was recorded (in 2 volumes) and surprisingly always has been available for purchase. If your appetite is whetted, Stan Getz At Storyville is a wonderful place to start (on a Roulette CD in the States).
All the songs Lady Haig sings in her comment are familiar to you I imagine, if you know the so-called Great American Songbook---except for one. It's an unknown Cole Porter tune---and one of my favorites---entitled "Down In The Depths Of The 90th Floor." Not the 99th, honey. Now let's have a dance. :-)
27 Mar 2004 @ 16:44 by Lady Haig @18.104.22.168 : Richard, of course a BAND IS COMING!
Now then, business Richard, what did the doctor say to you today? Does he like your attitude? Certainly your pensive smile. Tell me.
Well Grange, he said, "Not very much but you are extra special.
"Good Richard, he is going to give you a little party tonight."
"I don't know Grange, he seemed extremely concerned about my upcoming surgery."
"Never mind Richard, when he comes to the house with Red Rodney, Allen Eager, Serge Chaloff, Al Haig, Chubby Jackson, Tiny Kahn, Al Cohn and Gerry Mulligan it is to allow you to go into ELEVATION and connect to feeling FINE AND DANDY. Certainly THE GOOF AND I want to get the message through to you that ALL GOD's CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM. So know that you can love, laugh and dance right upto surgery because you are YOUNG AT BOP! I've got my arms out, Dana, may I have this dance?
You're on your own with all those references this time, jazz fans. If that group is jamming in the waiting room, this operation will be a groove! Surely Symphony Sid will be announcing the tunes?
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