some seasoned players mostly young their saxophones slung at hour hand angles lightning rods bringing the sound to ground wait at electrified attention to play with the small stage piano eyes unfocused listen learn blow their hearts out a horn break the chains of Sonny and Trane reinvent the language a phrase at a time bite the reed to the rubber breathe warm life into cold brass alchemy then back benched bathed in offstage light pensive patience prays to find salvation in a song
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