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"For Eileen"

My mother celebrated her 90th birthday recently.  Those family members who could came and ate and laughed and retold the timeless stories that never seem to age.  And neither does my mother.  "For Eileen" is based on a song written…
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The Healing Power of Music

 "Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient."  
Yehudi Menuhin's observation attests to the healing power of music.  
Pianist Greg Howlett has published a web site - healing music.org
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Coast the Wind

Hart Crane's images in this poem are so vivid and true.  I suspect the song and the bird in the first stanza inspired me when writing "Coast the Wind."
  Forgetfulness is like a song
That, freed from beat and measure,
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Jazz Fantasia

I never fail to hear Miles or Charlie Parker or Satchmo's Band while reading this terrific poem. 
Drum on your drums, batter on your banjoes Sob on the long cool winding saxophones.
Go to it, O jazzmen.

Sling
"Where words leave off, music begins."  
- Heinrich Heine