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February 22, 2012

TT: Found poem

DukeEllingtonBlackBrownBeigeLarge.jpg%20%28BB%26B%20ALBUM%29.jpgThese are the working titles of the thirteen chapters of Mood Indigo: A Life of Duke Ellington. (I say "working" because even though I no longer expect to change them, you never know.) As was the case with the chapter titles of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, they are all phrases that were spoken by Ellington at one time or another in his life:

• "I want to tell America"

• "I just couldn't be shackled"

• "Soft and gut-bucket"

• "My ear makes my decision"

• "A higher plateau"

• "The way the president travels"

• "The eyes in the back of my head"

• "The sea of expectancy"

• "We didn't believe in categories"

• "More a business than an art"

• "I was born in 1956"

• "Fate's being kind to me"

• "That big yawning void"

I think they make a rather nice little poem, don't you?

Posted February 22, 2012 12:00 AM

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