[Dixielandjazz] A song to DJML - Jazz to Hear
tmartino at terra.com.br
Thu Dec 25 18:13:23 PST 2003
Dear list mates from the DJML,
Together with my season Greetings, I wanted to send you as a Christmas
gift a song I composed upon words by W. Shakespeare.
The idea for this song came along almost one year ago when I answered to
some gloomy lyrics sent to the list by Steve Barbone, answering him with
some modified lines of Mr. Shakes. Our list mate Meg Graf suggested to
put music to the words.
The tune is ready but unfortunately to this moment I was not able to put
it in Finale or Encore, and send it to some site where the music file
could be opened and listened to by anyone.
I'm asking help to some of our list mates better versed in these
programs, and soon I will send the file with the recorded tune.
Meanwhile, please accept these words to which my tune applies. With my
best wishes for a New Year full of Jazz and Truth.
JAZZ TO HEAR
DEDICATED to the members of the DIXIELAND JAZZ MAILING LIST
Music by TITO MARTINO
Words by W. SHAKESPEARE and TITO MARTINO
Ah, the jazz years were sweet, and we had a good run.
We partied all night and we hid from the sun.
Jazz to Hip-Hop in one hundred short years.
You can't call that progress, not if you have ears.
What happened to music? Pray tell, where did we goof?
What happened to JAZZ? What happened to TRUTH?
Jazz to hear, why hear'st thou Jazz sadly?
Blues with blues war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thyne annoy?
If the true concord of well tuned horns,
By unions married, do offend thyne ears,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou should'st bear.
Mark how banjo strings, resounding clear they ring,
Striking each in each by mutual ordering;
Giving ground to cornet, clar'net, trombone,
Who, all in one, one pleasing chord wail;
Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
Sing this to thee: "JAZZ is TRUTH, and shall prevail".
Sao Paulo Brazil
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