Th : Marsalis Weaves A Song

Weaving Glory out of Goofiness

I HAVE to share this with you, having found this in my archives.
Wynton Marsalis is an immaculate classically trained jazz trumpet player – absolutely mesmerising.

Wynton Marsalis Rescues a Song

Journalist David Hajdu recently told a memorable story about Wynton Marsalis, one of the most easily recognizable jazz musicians in our day and one of the premier jazz trumpeters of all time.

One night, Marsalis was playing with a small, little-known combo in a New York basement club. A few songs into their set, he walked to the front of the bandstand and began an unaccompanied solo of the 1930s ballad, “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You.”

Hajdu records that the audience became rapt as Marsalis’s trumpet virtually wept in despair, almost gasping at times with the pain in the music.

Stretching the mood taut, Marsalis came to the final phrase, with each note coming slower and slower, with longer and longer pauses between each one: “I… don’t… stand… a… ghost… of… a… chance”

Then someone’s cell phone went off. It began to chirp an absurd little tune. The audience broke up into titters, the man with the phone jumped up and fled into the hallway to take his call, and the spell was broken. “MAGIC—RUINED,” the journalist scratched into his notepad.

But then Marsalis played the cellphone melody note for note. He played it again, with different accents. He began to play with it, spinning out a rhapsody on the silly little tune, changing keys several times. The audience settled down, slowly realizing that they were hearing something altogether extraordinary. Around and around Marsalis played for several minutes, weaving glory out of goofiness.

Finally, in a masterstroke, he wound down seamlessly to the last two notes of his previous song: “… with… you.” The audience exploded with applause.

In the same way, our brilliant, adaptable God is at work throughout this sin-sick world, bringing beauty out of baseness, heroism out of holocaust, love out of loss—even salvation out of sacrifice. He calls us to believe, and then do the same.

Citation: John G. Stackhouse, Jr., Faith Today (May/June, 2003), p. 54;
submitted by Kevin DeRaaf, Burlington, Ontario
When I read this again this morning I thought this is like us with our children. We take their behaviour and graciously guide, mould, and train them – bringing out their beauty and the beauty of God’s plan.
Be inspired,
Hn, NZ