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 ...
"For crying out loud Val, what are you doing with him?" So started yet another argument. Val's big sister Jennifer was great 'n all, but she was so damn judgemental when it came to Val's friends and as for boyfriends, well that went double. "Sure, he's tall and dark, but he's certainly not handsome. I mean, he's kinda skinny and gawky, I bet he's a nerd. He is, isn't he?"
Val had pulled herself into a ball on the sofa and was busily tucking her hands under her legs to stop herself putting them over her ears. She'd listened to Jennifer's rants before and there was simply no stopping them. She just had to ride them out until she'd blown off steam. And she was right Brian wasn't handsome, and he was skinny and gawky, and a nerd. But he was nice. And kind. And thoughtful. And kinda sweet. She realised she was smiling when Jennifer said: "what, what have you got to smile about?" Surprising herself, Val answered: "Brian, that's what. And I don't see your trophy boyfriend making you smile much."
The sound of Jennifer's sharp intake of breath came as a shock - to them both. Val had never fought back before. And no-one had ever called James a trophy boyfriend before. As for the lack of smiling, the thought brought a tear to Jennifer's eye. So what if he didn't make her laugh, he was rich, successful and oh so handsome. What more could a girl want? And yet, there was Val, looking her straight in the eye. And looking so bloody content.
Realising that she had momentum, and that her big sister was struggling and could cry any moment, Val added: "And Brian's a great dancer. He's really got rhythm, you know ..." she grinned, and winked, "does James?"
© 2017 Debra Carey
Written by George and Ira Gershwin for the hit musical 'Girl Crazy', it's composition is unusual with rhythm changes, a lack of rhyming and the lines appearing one beat behind.
Performed by Ethel Merman in the musical, we're told George told her to never take a single lesson. Whilst wondering which direction to take, I came upon this barbershop quartet and without further ado, the story was born.
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