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The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum




YAWDY RUM - ARMCHAIR INTERVIEWS, CONNIE ANDERSON

If you love jazz, New Orleans or an inspirational story about changing your life, Lane's visit with Yawdy Rum is for you.

Lane writes in first person, telling of his unhappiness with supervisors and the extensive traveling, keeping him away from his family for days. On one plane trip to New Orleans, he took his usual traveler's stance of being busy to avoid chatty seatmates.

However, Yawdy Rum noticed that Lane carried a guitar on the plane, and their mutual love of music started a conversation and a long friendship.

The pre-Katrina New Orleans is realistically portrayed, as is the music scene, including Preservation Hall where jazz has held court for many, many years--with Yawdy Rum in the front row, playing his heart out.

Lane learns about New Orleans music--and about himself from Mr. Rum in their many visits when Lane returns on business. This story is about hurricanes, both real and emotional as they spend several days together during Katrina's worst time. You could feel the wind and rain and taste the crackers and sardines they shared while stranded.

Using musical terms, Rum gives Lane seven secrets of "paying attention" to your own life--and acting on what you learn. In comparing music to life, Rum tells Lane that every one of us plays our notes and supports the rhythm of life.

In another conversation, Lane's alter ego Rum said, "You might learn something from music--and it might not be something you need but you will learn it nonetheless." This sums up Rum's philosophy about a lot of things.

Rum also said, "The main thing about life is to learn as we go along to make adjustments in who we are and who you want to be." This relationship of listening and giving was powerful--and will make many jealous Yawdy might not be around to help us like he helped Lane let go of his unhappy security and start to live his dream.

Armchair Interviews says: This message is to slow down and pay attention to the world around us--and live our dream.


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