Remembering our beloved Doggie (later King) Diner at 10th & Mission in San Francisco, where the jazz warriors and even the late, great Tony Williams enjoyed 24-hour grease burgers. Gone but not forgotten. ~DM
He was all set for the big adventure, when out of the blue: poof. Bad motivator. Left behind.
A tragedy, but I bet it didn't even bother him that much at the time. After all, astromech droids are optimists by nature, and each of us is the hero of our own story. R5-D4 probably thought "Just a setback. No worries. This is only the beginning. Another opportunity will come along soon."
How could he have known that those fleeting few moments, during which he was the chosen one, were actually the peak of his role in the big adventure?
I bet he's still out there in the desert, wondering what the hell happened.
He probably thinks his best days are still ahead. Maybe he's right.
For all we know, he could be in great condition now.
Motivator repaired, fully operational. Ready to serve.
In honor of Dr. King's birthday today, here's a show poster from 20 years ago this week: a benefit concert for the I Have a Dream Foundation, held at the old Yoshi's on Claremont (loved that place), sponsored by KJAZ (loved that station), featuring the late, great Eddie Marshall (will always love that guy) on drums.
I wonder what Dr. King would think of American society in 2013.
Would he be pleased by the election and re-election of President Obama?
Would he be gratified that race relations have improved overall?
Or would he be heartbroken to learn that race, class and income disparities continue to divide us?
I hope he would be heartened by the awareness that—at least among many of us—his dream is still very much alive.
January 17, 1993
Dmitri Matheny & The SOMA Ensemble Strength to Love: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. To benefit the I Have A Dream Foundation
Greg Bridges, master of ceremonies
Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn
Harvey Wainapel, alto saxophone
Regi Oliver, tenor saxophone
John Heller, guitar
John Wiitala, bass
Eddie Marshall, drums