Thursday, May 07, 2009

Check out video clips from Frankie Manning's funeral a couple of days ago. It's definitely the happiest funeral I've ever seen. I'd completely forgotten that I met Dawn Hampton (a legendary jazz singer and swing dancer who's still as spry and as sassy as when she was a young girl, I imagine) at the same swing dance camp in Gloucestershire where I first met Frankie just over eight years ago.

It's just so awe-inspiring watching these old guys still out there and having fun. I fully admit that I don't have even 1% of the talent that they have, but it's still nice to dream that age is no barrier and that I could somehow be one tenth as good as they are one day.

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