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 ...
Stepping outside the room, Clare took a deep breath and wiped the tears from eyes. Inside the room, her siblings surrounded the bed where her father lay, having breathed his last. His last years had been difficult but, despite wishing him relief and peace, the pain of losing him was strongly present.
Everyone went home. Her siblings to their spouses, inviting her to stay with them, but she wanted to be in her own home, in her familiar bed. She sent a brief message to work telling them the expected had happened in the night and she was unlikely to be in till later. She then laid down, wrapped herself up in the duvet and cried quietly.
Unable to sleep, she realised she needed something more. Something to help her face the world with strength and positivity - just like he'd want her to. It had been a long time since they'd had the sort of talk she could draw upon, and remembering how he'd been in the past was dangerous emotional territory right now. Music would be the ticket, of that she was sure.
She turned to Ella and Louis, to the voice and the trumpet. There were so many candidates, so many favourites, so many shared memories but, as she listened, she found what she needed:
"One of these mornings, you gonna rise up singing,
you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the skies,
but till that morning, there's nothing can harm you,
with Daddy and Mummy standing by."
"Summertime ..." Clare hummed as she threw back the covers and headed to the kitchen to prepare breakfast. Time to face the day ...
When I prepared the list - not just of jazz classics but of performances - this one was always inked in. A 1934 composition by George Gershwin for the opera 'Porgy and Bess'. Unusually, the lyricist was not Ira but DuBose Heyward, who penned the novel upon which the opera was based.
As for picking the performers - who else could I pick. My favourites since childhood. Both inimitable performers - this is sheer perfection in my world.
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