A Jazz Riff for a Woman Turning 50 - Terri Givens
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A Jazz Riff for a Woman Turning 50

A Jazz Riff for a Woman Turning 50

Just saw Joshua Redman’s trio at Jazz Alley in Seattle last night. As the amazing music washed over me, thoughts began to fly – here’s a few words:
The woman with the perpetual smile – shining in the glare of the stage lights
Feeling the ache of every note
Memories colliding in the darkness
The. Woman. With. The. Perpetual. Smile.
What lies inside – pain and joy, a mix of all that makes us human
So many cliches, tomorrow is another day, God doesn’t give us more than we can handle
I claim my pain and my joy
I fight for my right to remember – all of it, not just the good times
And still, I choose to be happy
I choose to be
The woman with the perpetual smile
Joshua Redman