Blues for a Green Boy


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Written for an intermediate to advanced level ensemble this piece takes the listener into the mind of a young boy as he plays the blues but lives in a world of green. Subtle shades of gospel are woven into contemporary harmonies.

available from Cypress Publishing

My boy is learning to play guitar.

He plays the twelve bar blues.

Lord knows he’s had enough happen

To sing them.

Thing is, he sees everything green.

Green! Glorious green!

The complexion of beginnings! The hue of life!

The tint of laughter as it spills out and splashes

in a pool of endless hope.

The flush of fledgling wisdom.

The colour of love.

He plays his guitar and smiles.

His blues are infected with green.

My boy has got the aqua-marines.

poem by Allison Girvan