Beat Suite #2: Lotus Blues

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Year of composition
Benjamin Sajo
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Jazz music
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This the second movement of my Beat Suite.

This composition was inspired by reading the literature of the Beat Poets of the 1950s, predominantly Jack Kerouac, the author of On the Road, Dharma Bums, Desolation Angel, and other novels and poetry. Plots aside, what struck me was his writing method of spontaneous prose, that forgoes grand scheming and pre-planning for direct translation from the mind to the pen to the paper. This composition was written like that, and developed organically over time with ideas developing from earlier ideas without knowing myself how it would end up. What Lotus is, is a soulful blues that eschews twelve-bar phrases for rich harmonies, unresolved shadings, and a dark woeful vibe that brings to mind the dark alleys and dives of a big, unforgiving city, which, to a modern Romantic, evoke ancient castles of black mystery and tempting evil.

"In the mist of lotus moons These were the lips held before you. The shade of your eyes, Dark as the tide in the shadows. Now that the words we had has ended I will weep the dreamless dark nights.

Who knew that I was just a girl, Waiting for a good man?

Clenching your hand to my heart, I never shared that we�d soon part. Holding me unto you Your cool touch was mine. True as golden news, Softer than blue hues.

How do I feel? Lost in the starlight. Dancing alone, young for a new life. My heart is not for breaking.

Before we say goodbye, tonight, Lets dance one more, dear. No harm as a last wish, To end this romance with a kiss."

Please email me regarding parts, and I’ll gladly prepare them whether by post or read-to-print PDFa

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