summit at birdland

from by vaughn montgomery

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another witness song from the corner of 6th ave. and 19th st. i was listening to a charlie parker record over and over on a moody, autumn day. big clouds and wind kept changing the light. i daydreamed about the old new york and the jazz that was being born then. the sky seemed to be the only thing that hadn't changed much since then. maybe cause it never stops changing.

garth stevenson plays upright bass. nate birkey plays trumpet. i play piano, genie, & sing. michael lennon plays drums. kristi holthouser sings along.
i took the photo of the jumping pigeon.


pigeons, circlin’, soar before the rain clouds,
& great white & grey metal whales shoot slow & vacuum loud,
people from places to places, the earth & the wires shake;
& the sky looms.
& the wind has cleared a light.
my lady runs into the kitchen light.
& the sky shines.
found it, you found it, the lost little pig’s back among kin;
to trotter & sider down in the cork forest yonder;
with lady odetta, the driftwoods & wine colored hills & valleys;
& the sky looms.
& bird wails change.
& dizzy easy tumbles it.
& roy & tommy take it dancin’.
& bud with a smile crumbles it.
& the sky...
pigeons circlin’ more before the clearing closes.
& i can’t remember the summit.


from small goals, released August 24, 2012



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vaughn montgomery Ojai, California

i'm not sure if i know who i am. or maybe it's just strange to try to say. i guess the songs can tell you better than i can. thanks for every thing.

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