In all the years that I worked with Fred, one of the things I came to appreciate is that he encouraged us to be “mindful” – and that was long before it was a part of our vocabulary.
Fred helped us all, young and old alike, to slow down and savor the moment. So I wanted to give you a gift of a video that you can just sit back and enjoy.
It’s one of our favorite musical moments with a young Wynton Marsalis. To give you some background, the scene on this video from 1986 takes place in Negri’s Music Shop. Fred started his conversation with Wynton asking when he began playing the trumpet and then, as he often did, let us know that music can be a helpful and healthy way to express our feelings.
Just Give It A Try
May 2023: I've heard elementary school teachers say that one of the most important qualities that children need to succeed in school is the willingness to take risks. They're talking about "safe risks," like the willingness to offer ideas in class discussions, ask questions, try new things, or tackle problems ...
April 2023: The other day I heard a child singing "Row, row, row your boat," and I couldn't help thinking of the delightful version of that song that Fred wrote for King Friday -
Propel, propel, propel your craft...
Gently down liquid solution.
Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,