Don't Tell Me What To Do: A Spiritual Memoir
Just kill me now, LORD! I'd rather be dead than alive, because nothing I predicted is going to happen. – Jonah 4:3

Who was Grover Washington, Jr.?

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That next day, I went to Grover’s house. For some crazy reason, I was expecting a maid to open the door when I knocked; instead, a very attractive woman opened the door, smiling warmly. “Hello, can I help you?” I identified myself as being from the Philadelphia Tribune and asked if I might could speak with Grover. I stepped into the foyer where she stretched out a hand. “I’m Grover’s wife.” Gesturing with a hand for me to follow, she directed me into a huge room. “Please excuse the house,” she said to me as we walked. “We just moved in a few days ago and we are waiting for the furniture to arrive. Would you mind taking a seat on the oriental rug? I’ll go get Grover.”

She left the room. I heard soft footsteps climbing the stairs. I pulled out my notebook and a pen, making sure I was ready for whatever was about to happen when he walked into the room. “Thanks for coming by.” The guy had a huge smile on his face. We shook hands. I sat back down on the rug. His wife returned with a silver tray bearing cups, spoons, honey and tea. “I’ll join you guys if you don’t mind?” She sat down next to Grover.

“What brings you to Philly?” was my first question.

“Philly is a big jazz city,” he answered. “Just about all of the jazz greats have lived here or played here.”

“This is the first time I have interviewed a big time entertainer,” I said with pride.

“Relax. This is the first time I’ve been interviewed by a Philadelphia writer.”

The Grover Washington article launched my writing career. I was offered an opportunity to write a weekly entertainment column. The pay wasn't much, but I was able to go to shows in Atlantic City where I interviewed headline mega entertainers such as Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Johnny Mathis. I finally had a career going for myself.

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