This Louis Armstrong video sent by my good friend and jazz critic, author & editor, Frank O’Connor scholar, Michael Steinman, with the following comment, “This is ‘I Get Ideas,’ inspiring proof of how Louis could turn lead into gold, or make bricks without straw — you pick your literary metaphor. He BELIEVED in what he sang and played, which was the transforming force. We are honored to have lived within his aura.”
My limited jazz (& blues) knowledge has profited greatly since our friendship began five years ago – thanks mucho, muchacho!
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.