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September 18, 2009

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I interviewed her a couple of years ago, and she was then in good spirits despite her knowledge that time was slipping away. She was kind, frank, and funny. There was a real person behind the singer.

I'm surprised by how sad news of her death makes me. She was a real American icon, I think.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
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