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Alexis Rhone Fancher: Listening to Bill Evans Play Stella By Starlight

“I listen to Stella by Starlight and shiver deep 
in a nameless place.” - Gary Lemons
Side tracked, hijacked,
The words unnecessary, but
Each syncopated 
Lyric, each luscious
Added up
Brazen, words seemed, muddying perfection.
Suppose those lyrics meant something
To somebody?
A melody
Lit up.
It started out like we did: wordless. 
Gained momentum.
Hurtled into starlight. The words, the music.
The two of us.

Author's Note: Stella by Starlight was written 
by Victor Young as an instrumental for the 1944 
film, The Uninvited (Paramount Pictures)Ned 
Washington added the lyrics in 1946.

Poem and image copyright 2020 Alexis Rhone Fancher.

Moonlight, San Pedro: photograph by Alexis Rhone Fancher

3 comments on “Alexis Rhone Fancher: Listening to Bill Evans Play Stella By Starlight

  1. Beth
    September 16, 2020

    Oh I love this jazz solo. “It started out like we did” — gains a kind of poignancy, hurtling towards coupledom. Very fine indeed. And the photo, a perfect companion.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. loranneke
    September 12, 2020

    Ah — a lovely poem indeed!

    Liked by 2 people

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