The place was empty, even of the tourists who don't matter. I won't be paid to play, this too does not matter.
The piano squints, letting a few notes slip out, before I am told to leave it alone for fear of having to stand me a round.
No money and not even the false hope that something may happen, I leave. I hum a song to myself, that song, her song
The sky is a prop, flat black. Walking down the street, three times I heard the same song when your name was mentioned.
Don Juan's daughter is destined to be lonely.
Yet I only talk to her across an empty bar over drinks. I had jinxed myself, no notepad, I write down the things I should have said on a napkin, under a flickering street lamp. All words to describe a tragic kingdom.
I am not thinking, just humming to myself. The perfect blues are always sung by one voice.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.