Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A poem for McCoy Tyner


McCoy Tyner in 1973

Jazz great McCoy Tyner has died.  You can read the New York Times obituary. 

Here is a poem in response by Eric Wagner:


A Poem for McCoy Tyner 


                                           I don’t think much about heaven,

                                           but it struck me this morning that

                                           the John Coltrane Quartet gave

                   .                       a concert for God today

                                           after two days of pleasant rehearsals.

                                           McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison

                                           joined Mr. Coltrane for three extended sets.

                                           Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan sat in for

         .                                 a rousing encore of “Mr. P. C.”

                                           making Paul Chambers smile, sitting with

                                           Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and

                                           Tupac Shakur.

                                           God seemed most pleased

                                           by the performance.

                                                            -- Eric Wagner 

3 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

Thank you for sharing this.

Rarebit Fiend said...

Beautiful poem Eric, loved it!

Eric Wagner said...

Thank you.