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Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Friday, March 6, 2020

Poseidon, This Titan of Music: RIP McCoy Tyner (1938-2020) by Christopher Luna


Poseidon, This Titan of Music
McCoy Tyner
Revolution Hall, Portland
October 18, 2016

young cats lean as far forward as possible/ for a glimpse of the mighty/ there comes a wave/ a succession of raindrops/ percussive enough to drive away haters, doubters/ conversation of the spirit/ the nearness of you/ the reach and the quietude/ the settling, finally/ transcend flesh and thought chains/ sentimental sizzle/

a flourish, then it’s on/ saddle fractal planaria/ cosmological consternation/ tongue darts forth to swipe across his bottom lip/ serious syncopated switch/ running/ floating/ diving/ no big fish, no small fish, just class/ dirving the shift/ the fissure in our conscious knowldege/ serious smile spread/ gratitude/ check it check it/ hit it/ hit it/ modulate the sensate/ look it up later/ the clarion/ the clarion call/ taken down/ reconstituted/ taken home

Take care of yourself. You never know when
you’re gonna haveta leave this planet.
I wanna thank you for joinin’ us,
for comin’ out. Hope you
enjoy the music.
You ready now, Bud?
Good.

BLUES ON THE CORNER: slam it down/ one bottle at a time/ doin’ the hang/ nowhere to be/ cuttin’ up/ laughin’/ somethin’ flashy flit by and you miss it—the brilliance—distant wail/ evinces a wince/ recallin’ all those you wronged/ eventually your girl calls and it’s time to go

gentlest kiss followed by thunder clap/ the secret is to be what you observe/ open yourself to her irrationality/ embrace the contrary/ rage at the container/ resist the literal interpretation

For a moment it looks as if McCoy has forgotten where he is, or is about to leave the stage. He turns uncertainly in place. Then his son leans in to speak to him, and he is persuaded to sit and play one more.

I’m not gonna give a speech, don’t worry.
Enjoy life as it comes by you.
I want you guys to stay around
so your family can see you again.
I wish you all good health and happiness.
You need that.

IN A MELLOW TONE: lift and drop/ lift and drop/ lift and drop/ digits flicker and flutter/ each time with the force of a tsunami/ obliterating atoms in increments of  nanoseconds/ lean back lean in do it again/ we’re with you/ invest and attest

McCoy Tyner by Dominic Favre

Christopher Luna
March 6, 2020 

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