Ann Meets Mr. Ellington

“Why now?”

Producers often dread this question. “It’s simply a good story” they might say. “It doesn’t need to answer ‘why now?’ This is a classic tale of (fill in the blank). It’s universal!”

But editors ask this question all the time. They’re looking for relevancy, for why a listener should care beyond those important elements.

I see the merit of both positions. A good story is a good story is a good story. Period. It’s its own reason for being. “Why now?” seems like an unnecessary stricture sometimes. On the other hand, the answer to “why now?” may help convince a listener (and an editor) this story is worth their time.

Today’s feature, “Ann Meets Mr. Ellington,” produced by Kerry Seed in 2003, doesn’t answer “why now?” It’s timeless. In fact, I wonder if this story would have ever seen the light of day if “why now?” had to be answered. Have a listen.

Best, Rob


  1. 2 Responses to “Ann Meets Mr. Ellington”

  2. By Jessica on Sep 30, 2010

    Best story ever. I just LOVE the time given for her singing. Made her so human, so alive.

  3. By Emily on May 29, 2012

    I agree with Jessica; I love the part where she sings. You can imagine how she must have sounded years ago.

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