Speaking of Jazz

(Elkhart, Indiana) Who was making some of that great music at the Elkhart Jazz Festival earlier this summer?

(Editor’s note: I am pleased as punch to present the following poem by my friend and fellow jazz aficionado, Gary McCormick.  I’ll let you know when he publishes his next book of poetry.)

Jazz Says

by Gary E. McCormick

The jazz pianist rehearses

Gets ready for his trio’s gig

He runs the scales, exercises his chops

Plays versions of familiar melodies

Revises many standard tunes

My mind says play it this way

But jazz says there’s another way

So the pianist improvises and adds

A riff here a ramble there

Takes shortcuts then strings it out

Sometimes fast, sometimes slow

My mind says play it my way

But jazz says there’s another way

Lost in the composition

The pianist calls on his music muse

Then differs from the tune’s usual track

He extemporizes and wings it

My mind says revisit the old

But jazz says there’s another way

Life too sings its daily tune

Gets in a rut, repeats itself

Makes a day’s ups and downs boring

Refuses to walk another road

My mind says try something new

Jazz says there’s always another way

None other than award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello, who performed with the Eddie Metz Trio.


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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