‘the improvised life’ is about following links, paths and connections, letting one thing lead to another to unexpected discoveries; it’s what I do daily to write the blog. And everyday, I’m surprised.
I can’t remember where I found this beautiful photograph*; I clipped it for the Surprise Box (the box with the ribbon on the right) and couldn’t follow the path back to it. Googling the name embedded in the image lead me first to a Wikipedia entry of ‘Giuseppi Logan‘, an esteemed though little-known saxaphone player with a cult following and a mysterious story. Then I stumbled on this video and listened to him playing Begin the Beguine a capella; I felt like a gift had dropped in my lap.
Clicking on ‘more info’on the YouTube page will tell you about Giuseppe and how and why he disappeared for years, having studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and cut two records: he hit true, terrible hard times. It includes the equally touching words of Suzannah B. Troy, the woman who made the video in Thompkins Square Park and helped find him again:
“…in that moment I felt I made a film, a powerful one that told a story with a 150 dollar camera and no crew. The typo [that she had millions] reflects an imperfect but heart soul felt production and I do believe a film will be made down the road, an “urban Shine” that will tell his story and also a story about the drug laws being too harsh but most of all the enduring quality of the human spirit and the passion to creativity.”
Here’s the story on WFMU’s blog, with photos, video and a sampling of Giuseppe’s music.
… this is one of the everyday miracles of ‘the improvised life’.
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