As I Was Saying…

Hey Y’all!

I know I haven’t been around in a while…

No, I was not so disgusted by the results of the Grammy’s in the Jazz categories that I quit. Most of those results, I saw coming anyway (except for the absurd Latin Jazz Grammy victor but don’t get me started on that!).

Actually, it was prostate cancer that put me out of action for a while. I had a radical prostatectomy on February 12.

Though my cancer was Stage II and apparently localized, I did end up with a couple of post surgical non-cancer related complications that put me back in the hospital twice more in the two weeks following my surgery. Though I dropped into Twitter and Facebook periodically, I really hadn’t gotten back my focus to the point where I was ready to blog.

The day after my surgery. Nothing else to do, so I shot this lovely self portrait.

The day after my surgery. Nothing else to do, so I shot this lovely self-portrait.

However, in the past three weeks, my health, physical and emotional, has taken a dramatic turn for the better. I’m back in the gym, back at work and now, back in the blogosphere.

A lot has been happening in the jazz world since my unplanned hiatus so we’ll have a lot to talk about over these next few posts. But that will come later. For now, I’ll just say I’m glad to be back and I’ll leave you with a couple of video clips:

A great performance by the Godfather of Soul in his inestimable prime, with a message that I wholly embrace:


And “Recovery”, a fairly obscure track from Milt Jackson and the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, when “Bags” in his twilight, was on the mend from a serious illness.

I do “Feel Good” and I am “Recovering”, all thanks and praises be to God!

That’s all for now…Until the next time, the jazz continues…

3 Responses to “As I Was Saying…”

  1. Bravo! Good to see you “back up and running”!

  2. ellifordyce Says:

    What she said!

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