THE SOUND OF GREAT SURPRISE

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a tribute to jazz

Submitted: January 28, 2013

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when i was young, i really loved

the fourth day of july
the fireworks, so spectacular
would seem to split the sky
.
the thump and escalation
then a short dramatic pause
then shapes of hues exploding
to the cries of oohs and ahs
.
since then, i've loved a mystery
the feeling of suspense
i feel the same excitement
in the jazz experience
.
the curlicues of rhythm
let the eardrums fantasize
the spin of jazz unwinding
is the sound of great surprise
.
you're climbing down a rabbit hole
with many turns and twists
the music is a living thing
that in your mind exists
.
you think it's going to the left
then to the right, it darts
and never seems to finish
in the same place that it starts
.
it's like a snake that undulates
a swaying back and forth
a trail of notes due south
collide with others moving north
.
the wonder of this journey
is a treat to tantalize
the spin of jazz unwinding
is the sound of great surprise
 
 


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