Friday, October 19, 2007

Storms, Chloe, And Another Great Musician Passes

I thought I had to pick up my granddaughter at the day care yesterday but it turned out that I didn't need to so. When she's around on a work night I have no chance of a nap. Since she wasn't around last night I soon found myself slipping into dreamland. That's when I heard the tornado sirens going off. I went into the living room where I thought my wife was watching the weather report on TV. She was out like a light. The good news is that we never had a tornado and neither of us woke up in a tree. As a matter of fact, it never even rained until I went to bed. The timing was perfect. The combination of rain, gentle thunder, and occasional lightening was a wonderful backdrop as I quickly fell asleep. I know some parts of the Louisville area were hit hard by the storms. I hope none of you suffered any damage.

I did pick up Chloe from the day care this past Tuesday. When I arrived she was coming in from the playground. She entered the building at one end of a long hallway and I was standing at the other. As soon as she spotted me, she ran towards me like an Olympic sprinter on steroids. She practically knocked me down when she leaped into my arms. I think the day care workers are even impressed with Chloe's excitement when I walk in the building. It's great to be so loved. Of course, I let her know how loved she is as well. I give her lots of my time and I try to ignore my own fatigue on these work nights so I can play with her or sit and watch a movie. We have delightful conversations about life. I'm a lucky guy to be her Pa Paw.

I felt some sadness last night. While on the Internet I discovered that one of my favorite musicians had died on September 11th. His name was Joe Zawinul. He wrote the famous Miles Davis song entitled "In A Silent Way" and was also a founder of the pioneering jazz fusion band called Weather Report. His partner in Weather Report is another famous jazz musician named Wayne Shorter. They played some awesome music together and apart. Weather Report has a greatest hits CD which is a great place to start if you're not familiar with their music. My favorite CD, however, is called "Sweetnighter". If you listen to the song entitled "Boogie Woogie Waltz", you'll be hooked forever. Trust me. "Boogie Woogie Waltz" is also on the greatest hits CD.

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