In Your Own Sweet Way: A Fond Farewell to Dave Brubeck

“And the acceptance of it showed that you could go in and do something avant-garde, experimental, and still have the public following you.”

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In a nutshell, this is why we loved, and love, Dave Brubeck.

There were of course SO many reasons to love the man and his music, but it is this aspect — this aspect that can be so readily discerned in the quote above — that moves me above all else.

Why?

Because of course we believed in Dave Brubeck. We believed in him because he was gifted, and talented, and brilliant. We believed in him because he was giving, and generous, and hard-working. We believed in him because his music was beautiful, and sensual, and groovy.

We believed in Dave Brubeck.

But what’s so extraordinary, is that he believed in us as well. Dave Brubeck believed in us.

That’s what the quote shows.

“And the acceptance of it showed that you could go in and do something avant-garde, experimental, and still have the public following you.”

He didn’t condescend to us, he didn’t patronize us, he didn’t pander to us. And he didn’t challenge us to put us down, or expose us, or mock us.

Rather, he simply proceeded with his vision, secure in his belief that we’d go with him. Because he knew we could. Because he believed in us.

For every creator of anything — be it novel, play or poem; wine or meal or menu; song or dance or step — this is the example to follow. For even a parent, the greatest of all creators, this is the example to follow. Don’t dumb it down because you think we’re dumb. Rather, wise it up, because you believe we’ll be there with you.

Because we will, if you believe in us.

This is why we loved, and love, Dave Brubeck.

He made the challenging understandable, the weird approachable, the complex understandable.

But most of all, he made us better.

In fact, he didn’t at all make the challenging understandable, the weird approachable, the complex understandable.

Rather, he made us challenging, he made us weird, he made us complex. He raised us to him.

This is why we loved, and love, Dave Brubeck.

For his compositional genius, we are grateful to him. For his color-blindness when it came to racism in jazz, and in this country, we uphold him. For his tenacity and longevity in a genre and milieu that has seen so many die so young so needlessly, we admire him. For his generosity, good-heartedness, and kindness, we applaud him.

And for his belief in us, we love him.

Farewell Dave Brubeck. With deep, deep bows, we bid you fare thee well.

You’ve been beautiful to us, in your own sweet way.



Categories: Wine & Art, Wine & Music, Wine & Philosophy, Wine and Jazz

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