Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Billy Strayhorn's haunting song Lush Life pairs the most exquisite of melodies with the most intricate of poems. Here's the last verse:

I'll forget you, I will, and yet you are still

Burning inside my brain.

Romance is mush, stifling those who strive;

I'll lead a lush life in some small dive.

And there I'll sit while I rot with the rest

Of those whose lives are lonely too.

And I just learned that Strayhorn wrote the music and lyrics to that song when he was only SIXTEEN!!

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