Stumbling on a Dance


Alongside the rolled silver steel splash of a bandstand in Millennium Park Chicago at lunchtime and it is 55 degrees on a February Friday. Warm wild breezes blowing like Louis Armstrong laughing. Looking down on the stage, I catch this one silver sliver of a memory.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra dressed in rehearsal jeans, shorts, summewear and just taken a break. The couple at center stage were holding hands. Laughing. He was silver haired and a red checked shirt. She had a smile that even from 200 yards away could make spring shine even brighter. I had no idea what they were rehearsing. Then, the orchestra still on break, a trumpet pipes up with this story:

Stars shining bright above you

Night breezes seem to whisper “I love you”

Birds singing in a sycamore tree

Dream a little dream of me

 That couple turns towards each other, he might have even done a little bow, and they begin a soft, swaying dance of spring.

Stars fading but I linger on dear

Still craving your kiss

I’m longing to linger till dawn dear

Just saying this.

 From 1931. Andre, Schwandt and Kahn’s “Dream a Little Dream for Me” delivered in solo golden brass joy.

Just a tiny passing instant. Still there. From all those years ago.

That time I was out on a lunch hour walk, and suddenly stumbled dreaming on Studs Terkel and Renee Fleming dancing.

Just like today.


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10 Responses to “Stumbling on a Dance”

  1. boomerbob Says:

    55 in February – must be a record where you are. Your writing always takes to the place you’re writing about – love it

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Bob–It’ll probably snow tomorrow! But oh today was good. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Naomi de Plume Says:

    ChiGuy! I was just singing this song, inexplicably, in my kitchen on Tuesday. I love when the universe brings us together!

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Naomi–This song hit me on Tuesday too. And just stayed put till today when the wind started blowing. Amazing kitchen you have there!

  3. pastorcarol22 Says:

    Love this! This song reminds me of my parents. You are so good at vividly creating a moment in time. Thanks for taking us dancing with you and Studs and Renee!

  4. Robin OBrien Says:

    I remember hearing them rehearse. What a treat…for free!


    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Robin!!!! What a treat to get a comment from you! Many thanks! Yes–the rehearsals can be a delight.

  5. Paulhaider74 Says:

    Roger, it was a beautiful day on Friday of last week despite the strong winds. This story reminds me that winter will be gone fairly soon, and I am always ready for Spring…steen!

    • chicagoguy14 Says:

      Paulie! NO one is more ready for that than you! We should have dinner soon–it’s been too long.

  6. paulhaider1974 Says:

    Yes, let’s get together again for dinner soon. I liked that Italian restaurant where we met last time. Thanks. Paul

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