My posts during April form part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is Jazz and I've selected a variety of classics from across the board. I've mixed up the performers a bit though ...
"I'm going to be out of touch over Easter for a few days. Not sure when I'll be back, but I'll give you a call." Betty heard Simon's words with a sinking heart. This had happened before. He insisted he wasn't spending time with anyone else - and it was true that he'd always said when he was with his ex-wife and the children - he just needed time alone.
Betty had always been independent and there was no doubting that she had a full and busy social life, but ... something still felt wrong. Despite it making no sense, she tried to persuade herself it was because she missed him, so very much. But she was beginning to feel it was maybe her gut telling her there was something wrong, something he wasn't telling her.
"Simon, what do you do when you spend time alone?" she heard herself asking. "Is it some sort of boys get-away, or a retreat? It's just so unlike how you are the rest of the time that I can't help wondering."
"You've got absolutely nothing to worry about darling" she heard in her ear. "You know I'm crazy about you and you know I've always been entirely open and honest with you - even when it's painful. I'm not about to change now. I just have to get away - by myself. But I'll be back, like the proverbial bad penny, you can rely on that."
Knowing what he said made no sense, knowing it was indicative of how dysfunctional their relationship was, Betty said goodbye: "I know my love, it's just .... Every Time We Say Goodbye ... I feel so very sad."
© 2017 Debra Carey
Simply Red? Yes, 'cos that Mick Hucknell has quite the voice ... And as for the song, well it is Cole Porter. With lyrics celebrating how very happy the singer is when in the company of their beloved, but suffering equally whenever they separate, the master describes it by analogy as a musical "change from major to minor", Porter begins with an A♭ major chord and ends with an A♭ minor one, matching the mood of the music to the words. Simply sublime!
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