“Mel Torme and Buddy Rich Rip Roaring” — a poem by Michael L. Newell

November 9th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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MEL TORME AND BUDDY RICH RIP ROARING

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two hepcats scat sing

……….            drum the hippest 

of hip music

 ……….              advertise "Love for Sale"

in wild musical riffs

  ……….             dancing through air

nothing held back

 ……….              all is passion 

imagination

    ……….           total physical commitment

voice and drums riproar

   ……….            up down all around

the musical block

   ……….            nothing that can be imagined

is left unsung

    ……….           unplayed undone 

and the audience

    ……….           is ultimately left 

in utter disbelief

     ……….          at all they have witnessed 

and now celebrate

  ……….             with roaring applause 

as wild as the performance

 

 

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Michael L. Newell is a retired English/Theatre teacher who has spent one-third of his life abroad.  He now lives on the Oregon coast.  In addition to the recent publication of his new book, Meditation of an Old Man Standing on a Bridge, he has recently had poems published in Verse-Virtual and Current.

 

 

Click here to access all of Michael L. Newell’s poetry published on Jerry Jazz Musician

 

To order a copy of the book, contact BELLOWING ARK PRESS 18040 7th Avenue NE Shoreline, WA 98155

 

 

 

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A 1979 filmed performance of Buddy Rich and Mel Torme playing “Love For Sale”

 

 

 

 

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3 comments on ““Mel Torme and Buddy Rich Rip Roaring” — a poem by Michael L. Newell”

  1. I obviously liked the style!!!! The imagery was great, and the end with the crowd, really brought the idea home. I found out a short time ago, that Mel was actually a big band drummer, not just a singer like he was known for.

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