Daniel Brick

Gold Star - 87,973 Points (June 10,1947 / St. Paul MN)

The Clarinet Player - Poem by Daniel Brick

For Suzanne Stephens

I played a clarinet
for four inglorious years
in a high school band.
The band director taught me
what he could about playing
that slippery woodwind.
But I lacked the dexterity
to become a master of it,
and I could never measure
musical time, so complexly
divided and sub-divided,
so I was lagging two or
three measures behind the
rest of the players.

But listening to you
play clarinet and basset-horn
over the decades has been
redemptive. I hear the excellence
I sought when you play...
The ambient air carries
your beautiful tone into every
crevice of space and shelf
of time. Your mastery of
HARLEQUIN and IN FREUNDSCHAFT
accomplishes the orphic goal
of music. I believe four stars
at least show you the way.
I follow after in a wide-awake
trance of close listening. Truly
angels are watching over us.

Topic(s) of this poem: music


Comments about The Clarinet Player by Daniel Brick

  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (6/21/2017 3:12:00 AM)

    The magic of music is felt in every word of the poem. A beautiful tribute to a clarinet player. We might not be able to play an instrument perfectly but we can always enjoy listening when someone else plays it to perfection. The healing effect of music is undeniable. It transports us to a different world. You capture it so well. A huge 10. (Report)Reply

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  • Tom Billsborough (6/19/2017 2:49:00 PM)

    My excuse with musical instruments was that I have very small hands. Actually I can't do a barre on a guitar. I have a keyboard but every tune sounds like a dirge. The clarinet has a beautiful sound. Your instrument is an immaculate sense of poetic rhythm, Daniel. Keep playing that. This is a poem worthy of the player. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 19, 2017



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