It has been an intense week of highs and lows. I interviewed jazz royalty, and a day later a dear friend died.
Big thrill. Last Friday I got to interview Dave Brubeck’s son, Chris.
The Brubeck brothers (Chris and Dan) were in town for a concert with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra featuring David Benoit and Taylor Eigsti.
I have not had time to edit the whole interview, but wanted to share this one minute segment of the Brubeck family’s relationship to alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond. A charming story, please watch.
Lu Ellen Schafer
“I want to see you again before I die.”
Our dear friend and colleague, Lu Ellen Schafter, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday.
As all death tells me over and over again: appreciate this moment, this beauty, these people, this music, and on and on. We take it for granted. It will all be gone too soon… and for a very long time.
I saw LuEllen last Tuesday. She was in and out. Drifting off, sunken eyes closed, mouth open – a death mask, really.
I hugged her and got a handful of bone, so little muscle and flesh. Clearly the end was very near.
Considering our shared atheism, I kidded her and asked, “So are you getting religion now?” She said, “Oh, for Christ sake, Rick.”
I said, “Well, I hope we are wrong and we’ll see each other in paradise, and for ever. More likely, Jesus will be really pissed and we’ll be in big trouble.” We shared a laugh. Then she said words I will never forget, “I want to see you again before I die.”
I tried to go back again, but it just didn’t work out for her family and for all those close to her.
What a loss, but I will remember her spirit always. She was only 61.