What’s My Number?

We all struggle with the conundrum regarding Art and Life: which imitates which? Sometimes it seems as if we are watching rather than scriptwriting our own lives, looking from the outside in, as it were. Logically, this sensation is often accompanied by a sense of déjà vu: the feeling something has happened before. The opposite I’ll now dub vuja de: the feeling this has never happened before. It seems every time I hear someone shout out a number, any number really, I flashback to one Wednesday evening in the 1990s when I was playing in a seven-piece traditional jazz band in CT. The opposite I’ll now dub vuja de: the feeling this has never happened before. Recall that? You are now amongst the first people to experience déjà vu about vuja de! Forgive me; I returned from the Bix Beiderbecke Festival with COVID and am experiencing even more brain fog than usual. I was masked at all times indoors except when I was performing on the (BIG) stage, with the nearest person to me nine feet away (I was playing a BIG piano) and this confounded thing finally took me. Two and one-half days into my Paxlovid and I’ve all but forgotten the past two and one-half years. My wife Anne would prefer I forget her, rather than texting every 37 seconds with “I want” or “I need” or “where’s” or just about anything. If she weren’t such a patient angel, she’d have already changed her
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Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. Visit him online at www.jeffbarnhart.com. Email: [email protected]

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