Monday, December 12, 2016


"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.” — Umberto Eco, Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician

TODAY is Paul's dad, Keith Bridson's, 84th birthday. His hearing loss and hearing aids make it difficult for him to listen to Paul's Big Band performances because the sound produced by 17- and 18-piece bands is so loud that it distorts his hearing devices. Plus it's not as easy as it used to be for Paul's mom to get out and about, so we thought we'd bring the music to them.

Paul and I organized a quintet, a small group so as not to overwhelm hearing aids — which Paul has christened Flyover  and played for his parents' retirement village, The Lodge of Ashworth, Saturday night to celebrate his dad's birthday.

Left to right: Jim Eklof on drums, Paul on trombone, Eric Krieger on bass (you can 
see his bass anyway), Tanner Taylor on piano and Bryan Schumacker on sax.

And speaking of dads. My lovely friend Liz Neff shared this video recently. It totally made me cry. I hope you'll take a moment to watch because this dad is one standup guy!!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh cool! now I'm famous! Happy Birthday to Paul's Dad. No wonder you love Paul so much - he's such a thoughtful guy! What a marvelous thing for him to do.