Some Jazz and Poetry

Just so you know, if there’d been a ceremony, this is the music we would have played:

  • Sorry by Bix Beiderbecke featuring Don Murray on clarinet. 
  • My Buddy by Jimmy Rowles featuring Stan Getz on tenor. 
  • Look for the Silver Lining by Jake Hanna featuring Jack Sheldon on vocal and trumpet. 
  • Tell Me Your Dream by Bunk Johnson’s Brass Band. 

And here is a poem by Louis MacNeice which meant a lot:


The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes –
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s
 hands –
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

Conrad felt his own epitaph was captured in this line from a poem, The Civil Servant, by Michael Longley:

“…The books he had read, the music he could play…”

I agree with him. Ali

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