Lou Fontaine

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Happy 4th!

While you enjoy the Prime  Cuts weekend you will undoubtedly be cued or encouraged to contemplate what it means to be an American.  This isn't a politicle essay.  2 wars and a bad economy that is too slow in recovery for anyone's comfort has produced an angry environment.  We're not tolerant of opinions that differ from our own no matter what that opinon may be.  So I'll let the Nicholas Brothers speak for me. The Nicholas Brother were grew up in early 20th century Philadelphia.  Sons of a musician father i suspect they were neither poor nor wealthy.  Like most in the middle class their comfort level and standard of living ebbed and flowed.  The Nicholas Brothers could dance.  They were part of the jazz revolution in New York and were mainstays at the Cotton Club.  If you saw David Lee Roth in his prime his stage presence was an outgrowth of the Nicholas Brothers.  Roth borrowed heavily from Peter Wolf,  who borrowed heavily from James Brown, who was the Nicholas Brothers incarnate.  I don't know if either Fayard or Harold harbored a secret ambition to be a doctor, lawyer or teacher.  When you see them dance I am sure you will agree  that no one could possiblybe that good at anything if they didn't really love it.  They had to love it in order to put the time and sweat into achieving the level of greatness they reached.  They also had to live in a place where they were free to pursue their passion.   The clip bellow is from the movie Stormy Weather.   This is what freedom looks like.  Enjoy! Happy 4th, LF[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/zBb9hTyLjfM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]



 
07/03/2010 9:05AM
Happy 4th!
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