Treasure Island

John Knight

(8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)

JAZZ and RAINBOWS


What is Jazz - What is a Rainbow?
You can ask the questions - don't expect answers

Jazz is free and yet constrained
Rainbows come and go as they please

Jazz is wild and yet restrained
Rainbow can't exist without rain

Jazz is open and yet contained
Rainbows always have red at the top

Jazz is unscored and yet maintained
Rainbows can be single - double - triple

Just as Jango Rheinhardt said to Segovia
Senor it ees all in ze 'ed
The same is true of rainbows
Zey are all inside my 'ed!

It takes all the colours of pure white sound
To create jazz.
It takes all the colours of pure white light
To create a rainbow.

Jazz and rainbows operate on the same principle
In jazz the tone colours are separated by the players
In a rainbow the visible colours are separated by a raindrop
Jazz and rainbows are boh equally beautiful.

After the rain there are stll some drops in the atmosphere
They refract the white light into R O Y G B I V,
In the same way the 'Jazz Combo' is able to dissect.
The white sound of music is disected by the musicains

On a sunny day - the white light hits the raindrop
The colours are dispersed forming the rainbow.
In jazz - each member if the Combo has a colour!
The double bass has red - the saxaphone is orange!

The percussion is yellow - the brass is green
The clarinet is blue - trhe banjo is indigo
The guitar is violet and the piano is striped!
The combo plays and whiite sound is re-produced.

Because we are humans our senses of life are acute.
Our eyes for colour and our ears for sound.
The quality of this provision enables us to distinguish colour
And to distinguish between all the tones and semi-tones.

So next time you see a rainbow - think jazz
And the rainbow will dance for you
Next time you hear some jazzy jazz - think rainbow
And the tone colours of the jazz will spring out at you.

(John Knight - Colchester - October 2009)

Submitted: Friday, October 02, 2009
Edited: Saturday, October 03, 2009

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  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (10/5/2009 1:55:00 PM)

    you linked between the sight and the hearing...this is the philosophy of perception going by the external world to attain a Metaphysical World -the most MYSTERIOUS ONE-
    I loved your philosophical way
    a great done/
    a metaphysical 10 (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/4/2009 9:20:00 PM)

    You take me to your world of jazz and rainbows.
    And I am delighted to be there.10/10

    Warm wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (10/4/2009 4:29:00 PM)

    Another great poem, John. I see Jazz and other life experiences are an inspiration for this poem and others I've read. Another poem well done. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Cromer (10/3/2009 12:56:00 PM)

    Beautiful and lively! I can hear and I can see. Well written and described. Jazz inspires you to write creative works and that is wonderful. Nice piece of work, very talented and real. DC (Report) Reply

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