Friday, December 7, 2012

Joy to the World

10 x 8, pastel on UART
Dave Brubeck, master jazz pianist and composer, died this week. I first heard him play in Florida in 1986 and I will never forget the easy, clear sound of his piano mixed in with his band's groove. Music floated across the water on the warm breeze. It was perfect. Anyone who ever tried to play "Take Five" or "Blue Rondo a la Turk" knows the genius and mastery of Brubeck's sense of time and space (and their own tethers to the more familiar 4/4 and 3/4 rhythms).

Endings are sad. But it's possible to celebrate what remains. With joy. That's what I'm doing. How about you?

Dave Brubeck "Joy to the World."


SamArtDog said...

The sweet old lady across the street is dying (in her own home). She's 105. That's right --- born in 1907. All week long, the coyotes have lined up on the ridge above us, singing up the sun with joy. We all celebrate her life.

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you for this post.

Yellow, the Color of Joy, is outstanding, too. I love your recent series of abstracts.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Most of us don't give the natural world credit for wisdom. You do.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Casey.