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What is Jazz

Legato. Smooth, slow jazz ballads.
The type where you play each note as late as possible.
The type that holds beautiful memories.
The type that will have you unaware that
Your foot is tapping to the beat of the soft drums,
The connected sound of the melody, and easy tone.
Before you know it, the beautiful sound will bring a tear to your eye,
Making your subconscious softly whisper,
“Encore, Encore”.
This is the type that lets you sit back
On a cold winter’s night, sipping on a rich
Chocolatey cup of hot cocoa, listening to the
Sweet sound of a jazz band playing a ballad
That brings so many wonderful memories back to you.
Legato. Smooth, slow jazz ballads.
The type where you play each New York rooftop as full
And as powerful as possible, but as quiet as a mouse.
Imagine sitting close to a lit fire place.
It’s snowing outside and the house smells of gingerbread cookies.
You’re all snuggled up in your favorite blanket
Reading your favorite book.
As you’re sipping on your hot chocolate, a song comes on.
A special song.
A song that makes you cry as it plays.
It’s called Bye Bye Blackbird.
As it finishes, you stare into your mug and see your reflection.
You see someone full of tears and you realized it’s yourself.
You’ve never felt so sad yet happy
At the same time. 
It makes you wonder what life is really about
And whether or not you should continue to live in it.
But you quickly remember that as long as you have jazz,
Everything will be alright, and that’s a fact.
Most people can’t enjoy it. Most people don’t like it.
Most people say it’s outdated, but I guess that’s fine
Because my brother I’m telling you,
This is right here is jazz.

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Date: 6/25/2016 10:56:00 PM
DELENA, enjoyed reading your poem, thank you for sharing your thoughts through words. *SKAT*
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