Posted by: Terri | October 11, 2014

A Jazz Riff for a Woman Turning 50

Just saw Joshua Redman’s trio at Jazz Alley in Seattle last night. As the amazing music washed over me, thoughts began to fly – here’s a few words:

The woman with the perpetual smile – shining in the glare of the stage lights

Feeling the ache of every note

Memories colliding in the darkness

The. Woman. With. The. Perpetual. Smile.

What lies inside – pain and joy, a mix of all that makes us human

So many cliches, tomorrow is another day, God doesn’t give us more than we can handle

I claim my pain and my joy

I fight for my right to remember – all of it, not just the good times

And still, I choose to be happy

I choose to be

The woman with the perpetual smile

Joshua Redman


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