To the Dolphy Kickstarters: Recently, I have monitored and corresponded with many of you about my project. I know so many generous donors are annoyed, even angry, about the lack of updates about this project. I don’t blame you at all. I have gone back and forth in my mind how to explain the delay, fearing that the reasons would be too personal, therefore inappropriate for this forum. But I think everyone who contributed deserves some kind of explanation for the delays, whether you agree with my reasons or not.
I had foolishly thought that I would be able to complete the project in a few months. The months stretched into weeks, weeks into years. I had no idea the process would go this slowly with my regular everyday responsibilities.
One of the main reasons that the project has taken so long has been my concern for my father, who passed away from cancer September 8, 2013. He was ill for over a year and I spent great deal with him in his final days. He was a huge inspiration for me and this project, and indeed helped introduce me to this music, jazz. Now that he’s gone, I am more determined to complete this book as part of the healing process. Again, I am sorry that I had not felt able to share this with you all earlier, but I am indeed back on it. My close friends who have contributed know already about all this, but in the end I wanted everyone to perhaps understand.
I am in the process of sending out postcards and I am working on the book now every day. Thank you for reading,