Tag Archive: Bill Evans

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Certain songs I cannot sing,
conceived to cry, melodic 
intervals, melancholic chasms, 
lyrics left unsung like spoken word,
life's celebration cut short,
the foolishness of what we feel,
fragile undying compulsion
to love perchance to exist,

Just when the fun is starting,
comes the time for parting...

cc: Chagall 2022

The Divorce of Figaro

Did Mozart ever play anything
Gershwinesque, even 

Did the bustle of Vienna
inspire blue rhapsodies?

His fantasias
maybe touched the future

he tinkering with the altered chords, 
lost in unfamiliar cadence and harmonic progression

led to wonder
as he wandered the keyboard


foretelling big machines in cities moving,
the cosmopolitan sway of its denizens

the light of eyes,
the sadness in hearts

Salieri's specter

cc: Chagall 2021

An Image Through the Jade

She asked if I would please come down from the parade,
home from the water where hope flows slower than time,
back to where it all began to all begin, to be all in
one final moment momentarily lapsed. And each passing
day is a cedilla underscoring existence like LaFaro’s
thick bass one summer under Evans at the Vanguard.
Apart from all living things, everyone is fine,
at least that’s what they tell me. I get lost in my
search and then look for a way to return to the search
above me; sky is potentially below so to fall is to fly.

© Chagall ∞

Bitches Brew

This past election day
I voted neither red nor blue
but instead prayed for
the rebirth of the cool, for
Nefertiti, and in my own silent way
cast my write-in vote for
Sir Miles Dewey Davis III,
with John Coltrane and Bill Evans
as VP and Sec of State, respectively.

© Chagall 2017

Haiku For Jim Hall

chagall backdrop

Great partners listen
play to the others silence
where harmony lives

© Chagall 2013

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