Greetings to DJ from R. Veal

Hey DJ,

I hope this finds you well, in good spirits and full of LIFE!!

Man, it’s always good to hear from you!  Would be great to see you.  I’m in Norway as I type this to you with Dianne Reeves.  We’ve been hitting it hard.  We recorded a record earlier this year with all kinds of guests artists.  It’s sort of a departure from the previous material she has done.  Terri Lynne produced it.  I think the release date will be in September or November.  Don’t quote me on that though. 🙂

Dude, I just wanted to acknowledge you as my friend and a great Man!  Your E-mails are inspirational.  I miss seeing you when I come to LA.  Remember the Hollywood Bowl when you would show up?  Or UCLA campus?  What about when you would come way over here to hang at Northsea or otherwise.  You’re a strong Brother.

The Father’s Day E-mail you sent out struck a chord in me.  My Father is turning 80, July 16th.  That’s a blessing.  We lost my Mom in 1999 but my Dad is still well and kicking.  When I return to the USA, I will see him and I’m so excited about it.  Last time I saw him was a couple of months ago when I went home to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  I recently moved to Texas and I invited my Dad to my house to spend some one on one time.  I’m flying my oldest son out to hang out with us too, and my Wife’s Dad who has never met my Dad.  They’ve never met because we’ve been married a little over a year and didn’t have a wedding…and with my schedule, there wasn’t a whole lot of hoop la with the Families to meet.  Shoot –  we eloped anyway.  No one would have ever thought we would have gotten married.  Well, we’re all happy.  But, it touched me when you spoke about Family (as you always do) and your Dad.  This is important and I truly believe in Family.  Thank you Brother.

You sound like you have a Beautiful Family and support system around you.  Although we have never met, send them my warm regards.  You know, not to get all mushy in this E-mail, but the Love they show to you is the Love you have shown/given in life to many, and the testament to the type of person and Man you are.  DJ, you have always been a cool Brother and when you walk into a room there is a bright light surrounding you.  Your energy is true, pure and just great.  I remember wanting to swing harder, sound better, be better…just because you were around.  You had this energy about you – all in your eyes like — Ya’ll better swing and play me some good music!! LOL Trust me, your presence was always felt and still is.  Keep on keepin on.  And may God Bless your precious Family!

At some point when you get a moment, send me your number.  I would love to hear your voice over a phone chat.  Better yet, it would be great to see you.  Don’t know how we can work that one out.

Yeah…but I’m still out here trying to do the right thing and make a difference.  Trying to Swing, Groove and live Life.  I trust you are doing the same.

Okay DJ, take care of yourself and God Bless.  I’ll be up with you soon.

Peace Love and Blessings,

Reginald Veal

PS  I didn’t forget — Happy Early Birthday and a Gotzillion MORE!!!  Enjoy your day!

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