Music: Peace Piece (twice)

by Bob Schwartz

Peace Piece

For Bill Evans

Peace on the mountain
Peace in the valley
Peace at the waterfall
Cascading notes
High and low
Smooth and rough
In the end
Begin again

Three or four notes in, you are somewhere else. Not a perfect place, but perfectly there. Holy of holies, commonplace of commonplaces. Which is, when we ask, if we ask, all we ask for.

Pay attention—how could you not?—to the few discordants thrown in setting what came before and comes after. We are always setting what came before and what comes after.

As played by Bill Evans, it is all. A just-discovered new performance by guitarist Sean Shibe is now on the list. Now.

© 2022 Bob Schwartz