206

Jazz Graveyard

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
By Suzi Price

 In a dark and dusty pawn shop it's just been sitting there, Not so shiny as it once was, but none the less for wear, Between a half cracked China doll and flowered soup tureen, Just waiting for discovery, the trumpet wants a scene.

An old Les Paul is hanging from a hook that's on the wall, It hopes to get some action soon in studio or hall, It looks down at the trumpet as if it wants to say, Perhaps next week we'll split this joint to see another day.

In musty case the saxophone is dying for a reed, It wants to see the light again it's all it really needs, Engraved and pearled the Martin lies entombed and out of sight, Longing so to wail again in smoke-filled clubs at night.

The Zildjians have an inch of dust; the snare's ajar on stand, Its acned head is pocked with scars from jammin' with the band, And under glass harmonicas are laid out in a line, Though dried up spits invisible they still look mighty fine.

From Fender bass, to Borg, and Strat, you see them in repose, Musicians need to eat sometimes; it's just the way it goes, The sad and lonely instruments await your kind adoption, Lost in a jazzman's graveyard, it's not much of an option.

Shop

More Articles

Read The Fire in Coltrane’s Lungs Jazz Poetry The Fire in Coltrane’s Lungs
by Larry Jaffe
Published: August 2, 2014
Read Kissing Cousins: Jazz + poetry = jazz poetry Jazz Poetry Kissing Cousins: Jazz + poetry = jazz poetry
by Jeff Winke
Published: May 1, 2014
Read The Answer is Jim Jazz Poetry The Answer is Jim
by William DeLancey Adamson
Published: December 11, 2013
Read Birds with Long Red Tails Jazz Poetry Birds with Long Red Tails
by Adriana Carcu
Published: October 28, 2012
Read Poetry in Motian Jazz Poetry Poetry in Motian
by William DeLancey Adamson
Published: November 23, 2011
Read Black Sage (for Henry Grimes) Jazz Poetry Black Sage (for Henry Grimes)
by Gordon Marshall
Published: July 17, 2011
Read "King Crimson: Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)" Extended Analysis King Crimson: Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
by John Kelman
Published: September 10, 2016
Read "Zoot Sims and Jimmy Rowles: "Suddenly It’s Spring"" Getting Into Jazz Zoot Sims and Jimmy Rowles: "Suddenly It’s Spring"
by Mark Barnett
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Punkt Festival 2016" Live Reviews Punkt Festival 2016
by Henning Bolte
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Rusty Nail" Live Reviews The Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The Rusty Nail
by Doug Collette
Published: August 13, 2016
Read "Tonic Games To Cure What Ails You" Product Reviews Tonic Games To Cure What Ails You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "Stan Getz" Building a Jazz Library Stan Getz
by Mark Barnett
Published: March 2, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!