Johnny and some Friends

Genius on the saxophone                         

Photo of Ray Charles at Grammy Awards rehearsa...

HE GAVE FROM DARKNESS.. OFFERING LIGHT.. Photo of Ray Charles at Grammy Awards rehearsal (cropped from original). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


         Genius on most reeds 

                 Something found in music 

                     Folks forgot in deeds 

Played without pause when a boy

     Sweet music pretty blues

             Back-beat bringing joy

                    Music spread good news

                Could not see well had an ear

                      Played with all his might 

                          Traveled as a young

teen with Ray Charles  

                      Sound was alright

Heard junkie stories Johnnie 

      Know where you were born 

                 When they lost use then chained you 

                       Could you play your horn? 

Remember one mesa morning dark around 5

       Back from T.J. you and keyboard man playing live

                 Played for neighborhood folks

Did not charge a dime  

                           In night-clothes folks listened 

                               To your sunrise ‘Summertime’   

Loved your music Johnnie 

                 On that cannot budge 

                        Tragedy in heart old friend 

                                 Hate the unknown judge

I knew Johnny Johnson.. When first starting to play blues myself our keyboard man introduced us to his piano teacher..  (it should be noted Bob Farrell was a fine person and great keyboard man)..

Dudley the teacher knew a sax player named Daniel Jackson.. Dudley would well up with tears when speaking of Daniel scrubbing floors at Scripps hospital when with his gift he could serenade Royalty of all kinds with his magic horn..

Daniel kept playing!

It is good I remember.. as hometown Linda Vista remembers Johnny

Daniel Jackson

In time I came to know Daniel..

Both of these exceptional music men, though known and recognized, faded.. 

Unknowing judgment of their addictions held them back.. Peace Tony



About cryinforthedyin

I write philosophy and poetry. I postulate solutions for problems..I find similiar things in history to compare to present day, hoping to find a solution to the seemingly difficult task of giving and receiving love. I play music. Blues harp, piano, guitar, electric and acoustic. I sing..I love to sing..Peace Tony
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