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Skyline Sax: Life Jazz

September 3, 2021
By Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
104 articles 31 photos 809 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A word is dead
When it is said
Some say.
I say
It just begins to live
That day."
--Emily Dickenson


I love skylines. I love smooth jazz. I love the beautiful blue old CD, Skyline Sax, by Lifescapes. This is a family classic. When my brother was an infant, my father would use this CD to put him to sleep, propping the baby-seat between the old worn couch and the wicker arm-chair. When I discovered the baby-beloved album a couple years ago, I became hooked and wanted to listen to it ALL the time.

My favorite track is called “Waltz of Life,” followed by “Promenade,” “Scenes from a Year,” “Miss You,” and “Brooklyn Bounce.” These songs were more than nameless jazz tracks playing in the background. They brought color and rhythm to my life the summer of 2020—the weirdest summer I’d ever experienced, being shut in the house most of the time. My only escape was camping and taking long bike rides on country roads. No matter where I was, Skyline Sax was always playing in my ears.

I don’t know how to describe how I love this album. I love the variations on piano, flute, sax, drums, and sound effects (the awesome sound of a waterfall in the track “Old World.”) Every track has a unique mood and motif. I’ve written song lyrics to many of the tracks, and I sing them in my head as I listen to them.

Skyline Sax has always been there for me, whether I am lying still in bed, walking, riding a bike, painting a picture, slaving at algebra, taking a road trip, or writing a novel. I know I will continue to love it all my life. It is the soundtrack of my existence.


The author's comments:

It is the first album I truly loved. Instrumental.


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Lydiaq ELITE said...
on Sep. 12 at 6:25 pm
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
104 articles 31 photos 809 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A word is dead
When it is said
Some say.
I say
It just begins to live
That day."
--Emily Dickenson

Yeah! Been there, done that. Nobody seems to GET what music does to my writing tho. I'm like, what story or poem or random anything isn't influenced by music?

on Sep. 12 at 4:28 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
182 articles 22 photos 971 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)
And the words I say most often: "Where was I?"

you should take the titles and turn them into stories. i do that, like with red winter and three moons. i didnt know what they were, but the words sounded like something so i made them something.