Oral History 1
A friend of mine used to call me Mr. Lucky. It was an exercise in irony. My van would break down: Mr. Lucky. I lost a gig: Mr. Lucky. I could point to a bunch of things that have happened in my life and there you go: Mr. Lucky. I’m sure I’ve got company. But at the same time, I can point to teachers I’ve had, mentors I’ve known, and interactions with a variety of people and I can say, without irony and with conviction, “geez, I’ve been lucky.” And luck has a lot to do with it, I guess. But a big part of the good fortune I’ve had has to do with keeping my eyes and ears open and paying attention when somebody has a story to tell, advice to give, or an experience to share.
So I’m linking up to this video of stories from Teo Macero, the legendary producer. And Teo Macero is a guy who came up during a period of history when cats still had to be able to play and write and perform at a high level. I’m not saying that there aren’t cats out there like that today, because there certainly are, but the fact is that we have artists today making a lot of money who wouldn’t be able to get a fifty cent gig down at the local club back in the day. And we lost Teo Macero back in 2008. We lost most of the people he worked with before that. Those days are gone. But we have the miracle of youtube and can listen to this oral history. Here you go. I’m performing a public service. I can’t force you to listen, but I can tell you that it’s your good fortune that this is out there, a mouse click away, and make of it what you will. Good luck!