Do you know jazz?
Many claim to be a friend, then argue over something as simple as the gender
A fast paced tapping by the drummer keeping time
A trumpet wailing mournfully of a love lost - or –
Pos si bly blo wing out joytones in threes
The bass can go a walking all up and down the strings
Only to pluck you into a world of funky fun and revelry
Then bow Yeah
So you know Jazz?
Then you’re aware of the function of the black and whites
Taking you to a place of dreams beyond compare
I know. I been there and wanna go back
Cuz the pianny is for many, at the forefront of making the music swell
And then there’s always someone asking for more cowbell
Humph! You think jazz is your buddy?
When was the last time you tried sax?
Did-you-hear-it-with-a syncopated ear?
Or were you afraid___ of having all that power so near?
Now enter the singer with a word to the melody so sweet.
Saying the things, you’d only thought in dreams, but could never speak
It’s sweet and hot, it’s cold and fast or slow.
It’s old. It’s new. It’s borrowed and sometimes blue
But it’s always jazz
WHAT IS JAZZ © 2009 Ava DuPree - Eclectic Cowgirl Productions