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Finding Your Life’s Work, Your Legacy, To Echo Through the Ages

My wife and I watched the Oscars last weekend. I’m not real big on the pageantry of it all, or the trophies as a reward for art, and frankly the speeches can get rather inane. Even when the winners try to use their platform to say something of substance. Even so, someone said something that caught my attention.

I wish I’d written it down, but what it boiled down to was that everyone in that room were artists, and as such, they were a part of a lineage that went back to the dawn of civilization.

Inspiring.

Not only did the observation tie each of them to the history of Hollywood (and WELL beyond) and all of its luminaries of the past, but it linked them to each other. Technically what they were engaged in that evening was a competition, but they were one, when it came down to it.

As a writer, I know that I have a sort of “pantheon” of authors, poets, and journalists whose works I consider at least quasi-sacred. I’ll bet if you think about it, you do too. Maybe your luminaries aren’t writers. Maybe they make up the lineage of whatever your life’s work is. Whoever they are, it is nice to be able to see your own work as a part of that particular story.

Some people think it is a cliché and an exaggeration but I think we’re all artists. I don’t think that brushing your teeth or drinking a glass of water or shopping for groceries is art. But whatever your livelihood is…whatever enriches your life…whatever you do to tell the world who you are…whatever your legacy will be…that’s art.

Every one of us has a body of work that is weaved into that same tapestry, that lineage of artists which was mentioned on the Oscars. We’ve been building upon it, adding to it since time immemorial, and we’ll continue to do so.

I’d be deeply honored to use my art to tell the story of yours. If you’re ready to put the story of your business in the spotlight, see my blog’s contact page.

Then let’s do this!

A Whole Batch o’ Satchmo: My Top 10 Favorite Louis Armstrong Songs.

This is a random post to demonstrate the kind of content Dailey Freelance might generate for you and your business. I mean if you’re a dog groomer, let’s say, then of course the subject matter would reasonably reflect that. And I look forward to writing about your dog groomer business.

But for the purposes of this post, I felt like writing about my favorite “Satchmo” songs.

I toyed with the idea of making #10 on this list a whole list of songs itself, just to demonstrate that when it comes to Louis, you can’t narrow it down to ten. But we’re going to stick to ten. And now you’ll never know what my also-ran songs were. You’ll be okay. So here we go.

10. Cornet Chop Suey – This is one of the early Louis Armstrong songs that were so mind-blowing when they came out for being almost impossible to put down in musical notation. It’s been done, but Louis put that whole undertaking to the test with this and various other songs (maybe those songs are the also-rans. Who knows?) There simply are not symbols to indicate what he’s doing on some of these songs.

9. Storyville Blues – The red-light district of New Orleans known as Storyville doesn’t exist anymore. In many ways its spirit still hangs in the air, lives on in the people of the city. This version by Armstrong has such a foggy, dreamlike quality to it, that listening to it today, it really does feel like a portal into another place and time. Building on that theme, unlike the other entries on this list, search as I may, I have no idea when it was recorded.

8. S.O.L. Blues – This is a gritty little ditty about bad luck. And yes, the S.O.L. stands for exactly what you think it stands for. There is no profanity in the song, but because of the title, along with the “out of luck” theme of the lyrics, Armstrong was made to re-record this later with a new title (Gully Low Blues) and different lyrics.

7. You Rascal, You – An ode to jealous rage, this song’s lyrics would probably not fly too well today. Lyrics aside, I’ve always heard this as a very early rock n’ roll song. That’s probably why the song has held up so well and there have been so many covers.

6. Ain’t Misbehavin’ – This one was made famous by Fats Waller. I myself became familiar with it through Leon Redbone, an artist who is not from New Orleans, but he should be. Anyway this one is a nice counterpart to the last one in that it is an ode to absolutely loyalty.

5. Riverside Blues – Much like Sidney Bechet’s “All of Me” it begins with a quite long tinkling piano intro, but like the Bechet tune, when Satch starts blowing his horn, he rips this song a new one.

4. A Kiss to Build A Dream On – This song has one of the most powerful solos he ever recorded. I always loved the way it seems to begin a beat or so before you expect it to. It’s almost like, per the lyrics, he’s saying what he has to say before his chance to do so expires.

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street – Louis Armstrong is one of the only singers who could make such a gruff voice sound so warm, and this song is a prime example of him doing just that. He really does make you feel like you could “leave your worries.” In short, it’s one of those “everything’s gonna work out all right” songs.

2. When The Saints Go Marching In – Before Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1938, this was just a traditional, devotional song. He was the first to record it in a secular, popular music context. Eight decades later, it is practically synonymous with New Orleans. Now there are dozens of songs that are practically synonymous with New Orleans, but this was the first.

1. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? – I heard this song for the first time when I was about ten years old on a cassette tape of an Abbott and Costello radio broadcast. It was sung by Marilyn Maxwell. I didn’t learn till years later that Louis was the original artist. Maxwell and others sing “the moonlight on the bayou” in the song where Armstrong sang “Oh the Mardi Gras, the memories.” While the line Armstrong used immediately evokes images of the heart of New Orleans, to me “moonlight on the bayou” calls to mind more of a rural Louisiana feel.

The more I listened to this song over the years, though I’d never been there, eventually the song planted in my mind what I’d characterize as “reverse nostalgia” for the place. I did “miss” it, somehow. Now that I’ve been there, the sentiment has been confirmed.

Dailey Freelance…We Aren’t Just Blogging Over Here.

My company is called “Dailey Freelance Blogging” officially. But some of my bigger projects have been proofreading and editing books. Unfortunately all of these projects are still in the works so I cannot provide clips.

But the three major projects I have worked on are:

  • a memoir by a white American Buddhist heavy metal enthusiast and painter with Tourette’s.
  • a memoir of a Hindu woman with a rare disorder called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, who is a devotee of Swami Sai Baba. HHT is a condition related to the clotting of the blood.
  • a work of fiction involving the author’s personal genealogy, the history and mythology of Ireland, as well as a heaping helping of metaphysics.

So as you can imagine, I have grown accustomed to working with material that is quite complex, with a great amount of depth, and of deep personal importance to the authors. It has been my great honor to have had these writers entrust me with their stories.

On these projects, I have considered myself merely an editor. The content of the work itself is up to the author, and I’d never dream of intruding on their vision. I provide suggestions when asked, but beyond that my job is to help the author’s story (as they tell it) come through in the most cohesive, coherent, and effective way possible.

I understand that as the author of the work, it is YOUR labor of love. It is your life. I have a great respect for that.

Again it is my honor to work with you.

The Dailey Freelance Blogging Mission Statement

Dailey Freelance Blogging is my solo project I run out of Rochester MN. I am mainly a blogger but I offer proof reading, editing, and social media services, and I am thinking BIG! I am putting myself out there, nationwide.

When I work for you…I am doing just that. I am working for you. And I want to work with you to be sure that I get the essence of what you are trying to get across to your audience.

I want to be the voice of your company.

I want to bring your tribe to you.

I will work hard to make that happen. But I do have some areas of “particular interest” that may match what you are looking for in a blogger for your company.

I have years of experience in sports writing and other journalism.

I have a degree in history and take particular interesting in tracing the roots of things, whether it be music, sports or anything really. I am deeply interested in baseball and jazz music.

As a person with a disability I am well versed in, and passionate about the issues involved with living life from a wheelchair.

Having said that, I certainly don’t want to pigeonhole myself. But it is good to have a niche. So I am letting you know about a few of my niches. I, like you, am looking for my tribe.

Hopefully your business and Dailey Freelance Blogging will establish a mutually beneficial working relationship. Let’s talk. Check in with me at daileyfreelance@gmail.com and we’ll get this thing rolling.