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







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
            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




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








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