As I wrote then, not only did an array of some of the best jazz and R&B musicians in the New York metropolitan area show up to perform for Avery and just support him, including the ladies' favorite "Joe," but surprise guest Jamie Foxx revealed himself on stage at one point as just one more back up singer to Avery.
Foxx took Avery to The Super Bowl just weeks ago as his special guest, where, as Foxx told Avery's family, Avery lit up the place, with everyone from the bus driver to Leo DiCaprio expressing their appreciation of, and amazement at, Avery's joyful and giving talent and presence, despite the leukemia that he and his family knew was in its very last stages.
I only saw Avery at the concert I wrote of, and only know him through my good friend and Avery's aunt, Mindy Fullilove. But his passing last night feels as much of a heartbreaking reality for me as any loss of anyone I've know my entire life. Thankfully, his spirit lives on, as does the impact he had on so many, from the famous to the unknown, from those whose lives he was in daily to those, like me, he only touched once with his actual presence.
I feel like the snowstorm, some say blizzard, that has been occurring since last night, is a tribute to Avery's passing from our outside lives into our interior lives, as though the purity of his spirit is covering the world of his home and family in crystal clear beauty and stillness, while inside our individual homes is the warmth and vitality of love and reassurance reflected in all the colors of our lives that balance the neutrality of new snow's colorless splendor.
Here's another of Avery's videos demonstrating his impressionist's skills (close your eyes and try and guess who he's imitating and then go back later and look, or even better, if you know rap go to Avery Thompson on Vine and find clips of him imitating some rappers so well he faked out my teenager).
The ways Avery Thompson threw himself happily into music and mimicking and family and friends with complete commitment and fearlessness is an example to us all of how we should spend these precious moments that make up the only lives we have.