Red, White and Blues
On Independence Day I bought some slow gin and celebrated with Ralph Ellison.
In Ralph Ellison’s, "The Invisible Man," the narrator was fond of eating a special desert while listening to Louis Armstrong sing, "What Did I Do to Be so Black and Blue." Ellison writes…
"Sometimes now I listen to Louis while I have my favorite dessert of vanilla ice cream and sloe gin. I pour the red liquid over the white mound, watching it glisten and the vapor rising as Louis bends that military instrument into a beam of lyrical sound."
Red, white and blues–the native soil of this thing we call jazz.