Jazz Is: 33 – Occupy Love

by A. Jay Adler on October 29, 2011
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One of my occasional exceptions to the has-to-be-an-interesting-video rule. The last time I heard this, a couple of months ago, I was sitting in a storefront window on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan with a cup of coffee, thinking about love. There’s Wall Street and politics, and there’s real life, before, during, and after.

A Billie Holiday original. Don’t bother. What’s the point? You know that I love you and what love endures. “Don’t Explain.”



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Merilyn October 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

Love that song. Just two years after her death, in 1961, my first job was working for her former manager Nat Segal, a hard as nails guy except when he talked about her. Philly was a big jazz town and I learned a lot from Nat and others in what was then really show biz…


A. Jay Adler October 29, 2011 at 8:24 am

Merilyn, I’d be interested to hear about the job and some of the tales of it. You can see why a hard as nails guy would go soft for her – just that sleepy, sexy, knowing, vulnerable face to begin. There is actually a video of her doing the song live on TV, but she’s already looking a little ravaged in it, not a great performance, and I didn’t want to go with it.


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