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5 Dec 2012

Dave Brubeck - Take Five - 1966 (by Astrotype)

Dave Brubeck died today. I didn’t know him personally, and I’m a little surprised to be so hurt by his passing. Maybe it’s because he was there in the background when I was an awkward high school band nerd practicing Take Five over and over again, trying to sound like Paul Desmond. He and Tony Bennett were at my wedding reception with That Old Black Magic. He was there when I started running, the bouncing rhythm of Unsquare Dance urging me forward one foot at a time.

I’m so grateful he recorded for so long, but my heart is sad for the songs that were yet to be written and the standards that were never covered. You’ll be missed, Dave.

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