Here's some toe-tappin' SFW background music to make the afternoon drift by more pleasantly.
So I don't know Dave Brubeck. But I do know his grandson. Ben "Boots" Brubeck used to man the hot corner for the last iteration of the heralded northern Virginia softball dynasty known as the Angry Men. His was a solid bat and workmanlike glove, nothing flashy but better than most of what the Angries were providing in that era. What he can do, as the grandson of a musical genius, with a piano or an alto sax is beyond me. Ben's a good egg I haven't seen in quite a few years, but when the Teedge reached out to offer condolences, Ben responded with this:
Thanks, TJ. You should write about him on GTB and share the joy of his music with your readers.
This clip was one of his favorite moments in life. He was totally surprised by my Dad and uncles playing for him as part of the Kennedy Center Honors tribute. You can see him say "Sonofabitch" after the surprise, which was filmed on his birthday a few years ago. Jackie and I were lucky enough to go to the event. It was incredible. Awesome music. He was so proud.
Check out this video on YouTube:
Amen. Terrific video, and the best part of it has to be his appreciation for the event.
Here's to Dave Brubeck, here's to Boots, and here's to an amazing artist being recognized for his greatness in his own time. May we all experience such a tribute from family, friends, peers, and admirers before we bebop off to the great beyond. This quick-hitter blog salute is paltry and far from commensurate with the talent Mr. Brubeck displayed for many decades, but as Peter Buck said about the [excellent] song "Lightnin' Hopkins," "If it makes one kid check out a record [by him] then it was worth doing." Sounds about right to me.