By TOM D'ANTONI // A few words on loss.
There are many good excuses for having missed it, but Thursday, November 10 was the first anniversary of the death of Allen Toussaint. Death of course, is a constant but music lovers have been hit by a roaring freight train of death in the past year. I don't have to list them all. I don't want to list them all.
Today it's Mose Allison, at 89. This won't be a formal obit. Look at the New York Times for that. After sitting here in tears for six years, putting up obit after obit, when Allen died I said, "No more."
I had to write one for Lisa Lepine when she died in July, but I was breaking the news of her death..
Mose was the cool cat from Mississippi (and therefore authentic). But he had a unique attitude. It isn't hard to have a bad attitude, but Mose' was cut with optimism. His tune "Ever Since the World Ended" is a great example:
"Ever since the world ended, I don't go out as much. / People that I once befriended just don't bother to stay in touch. / Things that used to seem so splendid don't really matter today. It's just as well the world ended -- it wasn't working anyway."
Since the presidential election, we have lost Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, and now Mose. Folks are already in great despair over what appears to be an authoritarian future for the Republic and I'm one of them. A friend of mine wrote to me today and said, "A whole bunch of excellent people are going to take off. No reason to stick around. I'm guessing we'll lose anyone smart over 74 years of age. Mose Allison did not suffer fools gladly, so of course he took off."
Listen to Mose sing "Gettin' There." There ain't much to keep us from getting there. Here's a thread.