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Beverly's Weekly Playlist: Journey Into Jazz - Rhapsody In Blue

By Beverly Grafton

At 17 minutes and 37 seconds, this is quite a lengthy piece of music but it is one that resounds throughout the decades as an iconic piece of jazz history and will continue to do so in decades to come.

If you scroll down to read the description of the video in YouTube, you'll find it described as a musical composition by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band that combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. I'm not even going to try to explain what all that means right now.

What I will encourage you to do however, my dear readers, is to sit somewhere comfortable with no distractions, preferably with a lovely view. Have within reach a cognac or coffee, maybe even a tea, whatever your preference may be and once you're comfortable, press play and close your eyes.

Allow yourself to be led away on a journey to a place you've never seen and probably never will, in this reality.

Once the song is finally over, don't be in a rush to open your eyes. Instead, let your mind and body slowly readjust to the silence. When you're ready, open your eyes.

Don't try to dissect all that you've heard straight away. There's plenty of time and plenty more songs this week to do that. Sip your drink, be mindful of the warm liquid that sloshes around in your mouth and swallow.

With that, I'll see you back here tomorrow, for your next trip.

Happy Monday!


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