It is a pleasure to be able to ponder memories in order to share the celebration.

My favorite includes both of you and that brilliant trip to see the penguins in Australia.  I really don't have the words to adequately describe how I feel about that experience, but it is a cherished memory and I'm grateful to you for creating it.  

There are also a lot of driving memories including the ride home from that penguin trip.  I was so glad that Evan was driving on the "wrong" side of the road and not me.

There was also that gorgeous trip down the coast of California that Evan orchestrated; through the giant sequoia's, past the artichoke capital of the world and to Half-Moon Bay with the hysterically funny little birds running back and forth with the waves.  

And, of course, running out of gas on that trip as well as the dramatic trip to Chicago/Cleveland.  I'm laughing out loud right now thinking about both of those trips.  

My favorite musical memory is listening to Evan play jazz standards whenever the pianos were nice on the road, particularly "Stella...".  Such a beautiful touch, thoughtful phrasing, gorgeous dynamics and harmonies, well defined melodic development.  That was a real pleasure.  I still think Evan should make a standards album.  He really does have something unique to offer.

May there be 60 more.    



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