In 1969, Esquire asked a group of celebrities to give advice to the new generation. Satchmo, aged 69, wrote a letter entitled "Goodbye To All of You." His advice is still applicable to this and future generations. The last lines read:
"Just want to say that music has no age. Most of your great composers—musicians—are elderly people, way up there in age—they will live forever. There's no such thing as on the way out. As long as you are still doing something interesting and good. You are in business as long as you are breathing. Yeah.”
Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings, ed. Thomas Brothers (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999) 190, Questia, Web, 11 Sept. 2011.