Tuesday, May 28, 2002

The Insomnia Reading Circle turned to a London Review of Books and hit paydirt in the first few pages: a first-person account of Caracas during the week of three presidents, plus a great piece on Thomas "Fats" Waller, who wrote more of my favorite songs than I had realized. I'd remembered that it was Duke Ellington who said "One never knows, do one?," but it was Waller. Yesterday, late in the afternoon, we heard a wonderful piano piece on KNCT and thought it was Eubie Blake, but it was Waller. We loved hearing a non-Fred version of "Needle in a Haystack"--not because it was non-Fred, just to hear the song. We think Dickie Powell sang it in a movie, too.


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