Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the city never sleeps

A second chair trumpeter, late for a seventy-five greenbacks 'til four in the morning Woodchopper's Ball, in full tux with loosened bow tie resembling a new year's eve streamer, is frantic at The Arno's Hardware Store aisle of toilet plungers, unscrewing wooden handles, looking for a perfect fitted mute, trying to find the best muffled sound with short two-note toots that draws that musical finesse demanding hardware crowd of curious on lookers, and finally satisfied, breezes past a part-time checkout girl wearing a plastic name tag of 'Bud' pinned above her left breast, lost in dreams of a capella days, forgetting to pay, out into the cold night with a self-satisfied wah-waaaaah! echoing all the way to the illuminated dance hall...

4:03AM
Arrested: misdemeanor shoplifting.
Fingerprinted.
Perplexed mugshot, with elegant bow tie.


11 Comments:

Blogger Sioux Roslawski said...

Since my son is a trumpeter, I really enjoyed your Magpie.

Should he remain mute about stealing the mute?

1/12/2011 6:36 AM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Waaah-waaaaah. Nice one, Phil. At least it was a clean, new plunger.

1/12/2011 8:20 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Lost in dreams of acapella days .. my favorite line, Phil! Ah, yes.

1/12/2011 11:34 AM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

Nice of the police to let him finish the job before picking him up. Wouldn't want to waste the plunger!

1/12/2011 3:57 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

forgetting to pay, out into the cold night with a self-satisfied wah-waaaaah! echoing all the way to the illuminated dance hall...
I loved this!

1/12/2011 4:58 PM  
Blogger kathew said...

ooops? all in the name of art!

1/12/2011 8:39 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

A very good, long sentence..you're piece, of course..hope your trumpeter got a lesser sentence!!This is sooo good!!

1/12/2011 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Dick Jones said...

Quirky and original.

1/13/2011 11:47 AM  
Blogger Tumblewords: said...

I love this unusual piece - it sings!

1/14/2011 6:47 PM  
Blogger Doctor FTSE said...

A great picture! I like the way it runs along without periods (full stops!), like an improvised solo part by a jazz . . . er . . . trumpet player?

1/16/2011 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Nana Jo said...

'lost in dreams of a capella days' ... exquisite line. The whole piece trumpets to the perfect fanfare.

1/18/2011 10:47 PM  

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