Playing the Blues

If you let it up from your tiptoes,
vibrating, tingling there along your spine,
and wait patiently as it slowly grows
gathering strength from your soul, like a vine

drinking in the marrow of your being,
not letting your mind confuse your fingers,
but finding that inner voice, and freeing
it into that empty space that lingers

behind and inside your deep inner core,
a single held note, left to resonate,
can explain more than fast scales and “cool” shit.
Done right, there is no need for any more;

if it is the truth, never hesitate.
Some can only play circles around it.

08 FEB 2003

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