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 ...
Janie was sat in the chair beside her bed wondering why on earth she'd decided on having both eyes done at the same time, when Marcus came in to carry out her regular checks. When asked how she was coping and if there was anything she needed, she found herself unable to stop "I'm just going crazy, the lack of visual stimulation is far worse than I expected it to be." Marcus made soothing and empathic noises as she continued: "I made contingency plans too, but they're just not working. I feel so helpless." "What plans?" enquired Marcus. "I'm an avid reader" Janie told him "so I've never had a problem with being ill or recovering, as I'm more than happy to lose myself in books." "Uh huh" Marcus murmured whilst trying - in vain - to get a blood pressure reading. Realising that Janie was too agitated for that, he sat down to listen: "I see, you can't read now, so did you get some of those - what do you call 'em?" "Audio books? Yes! I downloaded a whole load of them to make sure I had a good selection in case one or other didn't grab my fancy. But none of them have - not one single one" Janie sobbed. Marcus took her hand and made re-assuring noises. "Visitors?" he asked but Janie shook her head "I picked this time as I knew my family would be away on their annual pilgrimage to the South of France. They fuss you see and I can't bear that." Marcus waited "well, I can't bear it usually ... but it wouldn't be fair to drag them back now." Marcus spotted an iPod lying on the side table "what about music?" "It has helped" admitted Janie, "but I know everything on there inside out. I really should've downloaded some new stuff." "Do you like jazz?" enquired Marcus, now finally able to get that reading as Janie had calmed down a bit. "I think so" said Janie, "but I don't really know much about it." "Let's get you something to listen to on here till I finish my rounds. I'll be a half hour or so" and with that Marcus settled Janie down with a podcast on her iPod.
Forty minutes later Marcus returned. Tapping Janie on the hand, he told her he'd brought his iPod and with a bit of fumbling, Janie exchanged the two. Within minutes she was smiling and her fingers were drumming on the table. "I've put it onto shuffle" so the only thing you'll need to do is press skip if you don't like something. See here, I've put a blob of blue tack on the skip button so you can find it easily. One of the nurses will pop in every hour to check if you want to change over to some podcasts. I've got stuff off the radio like 'Just a Minute' and 'Infinite Monkey Puzzle'. It should keep you busy till you can sleep. I'll pop back to collect it before you get discharged tomorrow morning."
"Marcus, thank you, thank you, thank you. You're an absolute life saver. Can I ask just one more thing? Can you play that last track again for me? I've never heard "Fascinating Rhythm" sound so funky before!"
© 2017 Debra Carey
Written by George & Ira Gershwin in 1924, this is the only clip I've selected which I wouldn't class as easy listening jazz.
In the 1941 film "Lady be Good" it showcases the tap skills of Eleanor Powell and the keyboard. But here Jamie Cullum flies the flag for the younger generation of jazz performers. His voice is far from classical, but his piano playing celebrates the fascination of rhythm ...
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