Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

So I sat there. Listening. From that first brush stroke on the drums, that first chord change, that first note coming in with that sweet melody. And then I played it again. And once more. It is amazing how something that is supposed to be a cliché' is so far from it.

 

 

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Dave Brubeck - Nine to Five

I am trying to think what did Dave Brubeck write, other than the famous 'take five' piece. I really can't think of anything notable. Maybe he did. I am sure he did. But does it matter? We are not talking about a 'one hit wonder' like you see in pop or rock music. this is a monumental piece of music, mythological in the eternal arsenal of jazz.

Before I started writing this article, I opened my YouTube jazz list, pressed the mouse button and listened to it. You know, homework. It's been a while since I actually listened to this piece. When I added it to my jazz list it was more of an automated move, it was one of those things that HAVE to be there, have to be in any jazz collection that respects itself.

 
 
So I sat there. Listening. From that first brush stroke on the drums, that first chord change, that first note coming in with that sweet melody. And then I played it again. And once more. It is amazing how something that is supposed to be a cliché' is so far from it.
 
And there is a time where you can be beyond yourself. You can be better than your technique. You can be better than most of your usual ideas. And this is a whole other category that you can get into.
 
It is hypnotic. It is flowing, it has the soul of an old blues song, the ones where you can hear the train moving along, the wheels rolling on tired tracks and pushing forward, forward, forward. I found myself swaying forward and backwards, like in a prayer. Not the wild swaying to the sides you get when you here a Stevie wonder tune for example, no, a forward motion, a factory machine that keeps on working keeps on without a pause, without giving up, without getting tired.
 
There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play which is dangerously where you're going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before. "
 

As I started writing I put it once more and even now I am doing that movement almost involuntary, letting the rhythm take me with it, letting that saxophone  caress me, play with me as I sit here helpless with the piano chords holding me down, almost helpless.

Not that I am complaining. Far from it. The stupid grin on my face says otherwise, it is fun. And I guess this is the real charm of that piece. It is on one hand extremely easy on the ear, not challenging, non confrontational , but on the other hand complex and always interesting even in the fifth or sixth time in a row. Row. That could be another metaphor, rowing a boat up a stream, with that rhythm keeping everybody in tune. Yes, that is a good metaphor. Too bad I thought about the train one first. Oh well.

Now, I have a confession to make. A couple of minutes ago I had a momentary weakness and I second guessed myself, thinking that maybe I was a bit harsh in the first paragraph, maybe I should really try harder to find out what else did Brubeck wrote or recorded.

I started looking around in my old cd collection, and as usual in YouTube and other sites, to see what else I can find. And I did find some very nice things. Nice being the key word. I can imagine myself listening to some of his other work as background music to something relaxing, maybe even the morning coffee. But that is about it.

Dace Brubeck gave the world 'take five'. That is all I need. That is all I need to say. He has done more than his share, and we are grateful.

And now, shush. I am going to listen to it again. My body misses that cradle rocking , boat rowing, train moving beautiful feeling.