Allegra is the birth name of my adopted friend. Her biological father was a sax player in S. F. This tale -- a night of carousing after a gig and a Shakespeare class were the ingredients for this song-- my first!


The crowd gathered slowly
the band would start to play
you're father's first solo
would catch them right away
the music within him
came out so soft and smooth
the velvet tone of his saxophone
would gently fill the room
as she walked into the place
his playing would start to soar
he'd be playin' cool, it'd come out hot
the crowd would yell for more
like the light that danced upon his horn
his playing would start to shine
he'd play each note so soulfully
it'd make her feel so fine


They tried to find the sun
it was nowhere in sight
the moon could only offer
pale reflected light
like the San Francisco stars
they saw that night
still shine in your eyes
ever so bright

The music keeps on playing
crowd's still on their feet
night still keeps on rollin'
in time with the drummer's beat
he plays a little colder
his tone's a little rough
feel's he's growing older
still the crowd can't get enough
there's one more empty table
in the corner of the room
he pretends he doesn't notice
goes on to the next tune
the lights begin to flicker
the crowd begins to fade
the hollow sounds of his last notes
make him wish that she'd stayed


from Clear and Cold, released June 1, 2013


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