Out to Jan and Steve’s yesterday and enjoying the last few minutes of the forgiving weather before the return of ultra-summer. Glorious colors along Jan’s zinnia path populated with some unidentifiable blooms. Looking for reasons to be beautiful and play hooky. Tonight listening to WRTI’s tribute concert to Abbey Lincoln with other singers doing her songs. She not only was a jazz chanteuse who sang standard repertoire in unique ways leading the way, busting them open raw sometimes, influencing a new generation of jazz vocalists (Kendra Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, et.al). She also became a whimsical lyricist later in her career. ‘Throw it Away’ Shoulda Been’ ‘The Music is the Magic’ and the seismic ‘Down Here Below’ from Turtle’s Dream seemingly indelible to her voice, are turning into standards for other singers.