Observations of life can be interesting but brief. When I accumulate a few of those interesting tidbits, I try to put them together as a little of this and a little of that. I don’t want to lose the impressions. That’s what this column is: A little of this and a little of that.
One of my fellow Rotarians keeps bugging me to write about the girls in bikinis in Hawaii. He is just kidding, but I’m going to give him what he asked for.
Yes, I did see some bikini-clad young women at the beach. One of them appeared to be enhanced. (Actually, both.) My viewpoint was from several hundred feet away so with my vision, I’m not sure how much was real and how much was my imagination.
The real indicator of where I am in life is it took repeated reminders from the Rotary friend before I remembered the bikinis. What I did remember was the feeling of the sand between my toes as the light surf rolled in and out. Refreshing old memories rather than creating new ones. Just old I guess.
Recently I was taking my regular walk in the afternoon. It was too cold in the morning. As I walked along the McCoy Creek bike path, what should I see but two young horsemen. I had never seen them there before. What made the sighting interesting was the appearance of one of the horses: white with black round spots all over the body. It was almost as if someone had taken a template and used it to spray paint the spots. It was so uniform, I thought it might be a special “paint” horse. But when I looked it up on the Web, I discovered it was a leopard Appaloosa.
A few days later I saw a similar animal featured in a Daily Republic article. Not the same one. The spots were not nearly as uniform. I learn something new almost every day – a leopard Appaloosa.
I’ve been thinking about the Honey Bee Trio performance at the Kroc Center. It was excellent. But my thoughts wandered to the music of the 1930s and ’40s, the era of the music in the show. It was an era of big bands, ballads, boogie woogie and be bop.
The bands were almost all formed and headed by outstanding instrumentalists. Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw on the clarinet, Harry James and Louis Armstrong on the trumpet. Bands performed mostly at large dance halls like the Palomar in Los Angeles. It was a great time for swing dancing and jazz.
Some of my fondest memories are of the great instrumentals, such as Coleman Hawkins’ tenor sax rendition of “Body and Soul,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “How High the Moon” and with Louis Armstrong’s “The Umbrella Man.” Another great trumpet player was Ziggy Ellman and his rendition of “How High the Moon,” plus Benny Goodman and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
A lot of people don’t know that Nat King Cole first became well known with his trio. He played the piano. It was a time when ballads were real love songs with lyrics that touched your heart.
Yes, the Honey Bee Trio performance at the Kroc Center was a good, long trip down memory lane for me. I’m still walking down that path.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]