I was walking down a hallway outside the Pier 49 Seafood and Spirits toward the entrance to the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and as I approached a doorway into a room with a private party I heard the coolest live jazz music that I have heard in years. I stuck my head into the room and I didn’t see anything and so I figured it must be a DJ with tapes but as I started to leave a young lady approached me and I asked her if it was live music. She said it was and as I entered the room I saw a lone musician playing a fantastic alto saxophone solo with great tracks as accompaniment and the song was Get Your Kicks On Route 66. My heart beat increased about five points and I suddenly felt as if I had travelled by some strange time machine back to the late 1940’s and I was young and this band I had discovered was playing the absolutely coolest music ever. Wow! That alto man turned out to be Clyde Wheatley http://clydesmusic.com/
There is some miraculous power that some music has on me. My legs stopped aching, my back didn’t hurt, I was no longer exhausted from all those many days of bus touring, I felt fifty or sixty years younger and all was right with the world. Thank you Clyde for that magic moment.