John Tolva has been spending time with Les Paul, and it sounds like an amazing experience:
He is obviously physically well; Les Paul plays two sets every Monday night at the Iridium club in NYC. But what strikes you is how mentally sharp he is. His stories do not ramble but arc right when they should. His tinkerer's mind grasps technology concepts that elude people half his age. And his ear -- despite hearing aids -- detects the textural differences between pianos made a few centuries apart.John admits his nascent man-crush, which makes me chuckle because I remember a time in grad school when the phrase 'John Tolva man-crush' was thrown around with astonishing regularity.