A Trumpet Break Through: Which Can Happen With Any Horn Or Ax

By Alan Yount

For: Dominic and Aurora Lewis

it’s tough

in jazz

to play better

as in doing

anything else better.


while in high school

(my lips bled red

several times

on the silver of the mouthpiece),

just trying to reach

high notes on the trumpet.


so, sometimes … when practicing

more & more & more

nothing inches forward …


then one day, you hear

stay with it! stay with it!

it’s that great gnarly

sweat of jazz … when you discover

a certain sound

and know there’s a magic in this.


if you once

play into a“break through”

you will never

stop practicing,

and believing in yourself:

to play better

for ever.

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