Between the Notes
[Terry: I suspect that the final word in “Push Back the Catastophes” is a typo but I know a whole LOT of people who are… well, read it.}
Bio: I love to take literary snapshots of the spaces that have filled my life. Jazz has functioned as a communal bond, ritual and form of social interaction. It has become more than just sounds. It has become a way of living in this world.
Jazz has never been about music, it is the touchstone of modern cultural imagination, archiving mythical images and an aesthetic paradigm for new modes of writing, seeing, hearing and moving. I like to use the improvisational elements of jazz that I have experienced to develop different creative literary tapestry that uses all sensory input.
When I was 18, my dad arranged for me to work as a research/ writer intern on an ABC-TV Emmy-winning television documentary special on Jazz Music in 1972. I was assigned segments that focused on Big Band sound and Bebop.
I discovered that the jazz tradition has stood up against the backdrop of racial strife, language, class and gender issues which is defined in literature and criticism for over 75 years in America.
I have always had a fascination with creating works that would allow me to blend sound with words and abstract art. It is my desire to create a mosaic sensory experience using imagination, audio and visual experiences that are filled with the richness of childhood memories that shaped and inspired my thoughts.
Please be advised that my blog new address is: http://jazzybeatchick.com I have at least 200 posts ready to be read…See you there!
PUSH BACK THE CATASTROPHES
Written by Jayne Cortez
I don’t want a drought to feed on itself
through the tattooed holes in my belly
I don’t want a spectacular desert of
charred stems & rabbit hairs
in my throat of accumulated matter
I don t want to burn and cut through the forest
like a greedy mercenary drilling into
sugar cane of the bones
Push back the advancing sands
the polluted sewage
the dust demons the dying timber
the upper atmosphere of nitrogen
push back the catastrophes
Enough of the missiles
the aircraft carriers
the biological weapons
No more sickness sadness poverty
illiteracy and bombing
Let’s move toward peace
toward equality and justice
that’s what I want
To breathe clean air
to drink pure water to plant new crops
to soak up the rain to wash off the stink
to hold this body and soul together in peace
Push back the catastrophers
Space Between the notes Music Ocean Flowing to the universe A vessel Fireflies Signaling their place Alight Space In the rainforest Kaleidoscope of life Space Embracing an open heart Echoes love Space After a perfect storm Leaving the wake of serenity Calmer Dew kissed water lilies of words Memories glistening To your soul Space Cascading dreams Bonafides of change Riffs Improvising rhythm & cadence Space Space Melding friends Tethered souls A heart’s smile Healing deep within You Space…
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- “Inner Space” by Jazzybeatchick (jazzybeatchick.com)
- Note #182 Forgiveness by Jazzybeatchick (jazzybeatchick.com)
- Note #138 A JazZen Meditation by Jazzybeatchick (jazzybeatchick.com)