Monday, 3 December 2012

Devil’s Music.



















Talent you must not abuse.
It’s not a plaything to amuse.
Satan’s waitin’,
salivatin’;
loves that sinful jazz and blues.

 When I was in my early twenties, and arrived home in the early hours after playing in a dance band, more often than not my father would be waiting up to berate me for playing the ‘devil’s music’. If I had told him it was a Catholic Church dance, he would have died of shame on the spot!

PS. The prompt reminded me of the story of the one-eyed planter in Africa who would warn his tribal workers that the (glass) eye he removed and placed on a fence post could see if they slackened off while he was away.
 Thanks Tess for yet another clever prompt.

28 comments:

  1. Your last two lines are my favorites. And I love the title.

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  2. Love the way you take us to the story behind the story ...... Happy Day, Mate!!

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    1. Thanks Woonie. A heavy metal painting day today. X

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  3. Ah, that devil music. I concur with this. I used to play lead in a local rock band in the early 70s. It certainly made a little devil of me at times.

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  4. the horns keep the halo from slipping :)

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  5. how jazz can be the devils music when it is often so very joyous is beyond me .....but that old protestant idea that anything fun is sinful is STILL very pervasive

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    1. It was 50 years ago Kylie, but the EB's are now even more way out!

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  6. Liked this a bunch--I bummed singing musical theatre, but it is the same thing I think---Loved this!

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  7. Loved the poem & the explanation.

    (parents don't know everything, do they?)

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  8. very nice indeed....and thanks for sharing

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  9. The devil's music? Oh for shame...not you, Ford...

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  10. ah that good ol "devil" music that brings out the happy feet for me!

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  11. lol - Blues AND consorting with Catholics? Oh my, you certainly were a bad, bad boy. ;-)

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    1. But Absolution if Stafford makes his confession afterwards and blows 3 x 12 bar blues?

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  12. "the devil went to Georgia
    Lookin' for souls to steal
    He was runnin' way behind
    And was ready to make a deal!",
    - Charlie Daniels
    "The Devil went to Georgia"

    Cheers mate

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    1. I now know there is no hope. I have played that tune too many times!

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  13. I would have GLADLY played the devil's music but I had no rhythm & didn't know the meaning of the blues (still don't, really). But I sure like listening to it!

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  14. Oh, Staff, keep playin' that devils's music!!!

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