Light pours through the west end and floods the wooden floors of our home. James is in the front room, dancing. His clunky, horse-like heels stomp to a syncopated rhythm, following the dizzy-eyed direction of his four-year-old vision, rather than my music. His wobbly, outstretched arms crash up and down like cymbals, and his fingers chase after the bouncy melody playing over his head.
It’s improvisation with a white balloon. And his eyes, to me, look just like Louis Armstrong’s happy ones.
Jazz is hard to define, easy to feel. Its stimulating improvisation sways over our heads and wiggles into our hearts. It’s the jazz artist who knows how to play — and how to stay like a child.
Because May Play was such a romping good time at Tweetspeak last month, we want to continue playing all the way through June. So put on your old zoot suit, grab your swing dance muse, and toss out some big band grooves. We’re going to add a little jazz and chase some white balloons.
Don’t think too much. Feel it. Follow it. See where it goes.
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Here’s today’s Every Day Poem. Now go jazz it up.
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