But as the great jazz musician & patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr. said, “There is no such thing as fair. The world’s not fair, it’s not about being fair.”
Yesterday – April 1st – was this blog’s 5th Anniversary. And though it was never intentional because I’m so bad at keeping days straight, isn’t it funny how Feeding on Folly was launched on April Fool’s Day? Seemed like a clever thing to write about.
And then yesterday, Mr. Marsalis died from complications related to COVID-19.
I’m not sure why his death hit me so hard. I’d never seen him in concert and only had one CD of his. The one he did with his son, Wynton.
I bought it the year Son was born and it was a quick favorite. In fact, I played it every night and at the time I was pretty sure it was the reason he slept through the night. And now, 25+ years later, may explain why Son is a musician.
In any case, I’m telling you this now not seeking any sympathy because this loss doesn’t belong to me. Mostly I’m writing this because COVID-19 is a stinking bastard and we have to do our part, even if that part is staying home, so we can gain some control over it.
And if you are staying home and have five minutes to spare, give this a listen. It’s as sublime as jazz can be…