Fats on Friday — Waiting at the End of the Road

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Fats Waller recorded two versions of Waiting at the End of the Road at the end of August, 1929, first on solo organ and later on solo piano. The words and music were written by the great Irving Berlin. I choose the solo piano version. It was at the peak of his piano solos  and a serious one at that.

My first choice would have been What Did I Do To Be So Black and Blue, which Fats composed that same year but never recorded, as I just discovered. I thought it would be more appropriate this Friday at the end of this dreadful week. This is not a happy week for me either, as every year it is the anniversary of the death of my mother and two of her brothers.

From Interstate 15, you can see the Mandalay Bay as you drive northeast through Las Vegas. Of course this sickening act of violence is becoming all too common nowadays and the focus of my contempt is on the man who did this. But, I was also heartened by bravery and sacrifice of ordinary people confronted with what I’m sure was the last thing they expected to happen. Best wishes for recovery for the wounded and the survivors. R.I.P for the victims.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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