June 22: Necessarily So

B minor is they key that Gershwin chose
For his sublime creation “Summetime.”
But for a previous singer the band chose
A full C minor chart; hardly a crime.

A half-step up makes little difference
To saxophones in their ideal range,
But for a vocalist, it explains whence
A lovely piece can end up sounding strange.

And so a song that sits high in the voice
Becomes unsingable when raised a jot
And so we get to make the lousy choice
To sing a seventh down or sing it not.

At least when I arrive at the reprise,
I’m free to sing whatever notes I please.

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2 responses to “June 22: Necessarily So

  1. …and just when I thought that you couldn’t impress me more!

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