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The Saxophone Player

Updated on April 20, 2012

A Friend

Every now and again a person comes into your life, who has such an understanding of human nature, and is so selfless to give themselves completely to others. This is my tribute to a very special friend, who through his own disability, has brought so much joy, and sees more in life than most of us do.

Lovers Leap

An Inspirational Person

Dressed in black and broody, he whispers into the night air

He knows what is needed to tempt the object of his desire

More so, he realises that the choices are not his own

His music speaks to him from a place deep within

A heart and soul that has seen many vocations

None so important than the one that challenges him now

He knows that the daylight hours have eluded him

As his gaze turns instinctively from white to black

Never to be changed, it is his personal territory

Faced daily from hell and standing in line for a precious future

Compassion only to make his heart scream with fear and pride

The tempestuous beats that sing his name

Are all too familiar, but ache for change

The sentinel in his brain fights to protect

All that is his own, yet he questions

Whether changes are for the best, even necessary

Through his music he knows another world

Imagery that floats over voices and rides on clouds

His fingers sensually in control of his destiny

His talent demands to be justified

And the lady of his desire, his saxophone

Holds the answer to his demise or elation

He knows this is the time to stand proud, add a little colour to the darkness,

Maybe gold dust sprinkled on his suit and a smile to bring him home

His soul language will be heard and reciprocated

With strong devotion and trembling senses he will be heard

As the saxophonist plays eerily into the night

This musician has strong vocals that can be mournful, or full of lust

The gift to stir the heart of the hardest man or woman

And bring in return the adoration of many

This musician plays puppet on a string

To that audience that is captured in his mind,

His lovers, admirers and his friends.



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    • toknowinfo profile image


      6 years ago

      A touching hub and a beautiful tribute to a friend. You have captured his talent in yours. Rated up and beautiful.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi B. Indeed I have written a couple of times about Ted. He is truly an inspiration to me. He suffers his disability in silence, never referring to it, but I know it is hard for him. Instead he prefers to show his emotions in his song writing, giving so much pleasure to everyone who listens. Thank you for your support again hunnie.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Bluestar, you've written about this "Special Friend" before, which was a Wonderful Tribute indeed. Now this Poem says it all. He in turn should feel very Proud and Honored by your Beautiful written for all of us to Enjoy. Thanks for the Treat!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Lesley, once in a while someone will touch my heart in such a personal way. Ted has done just that. He has been a pleasure to get to know, and has left me with such a special friendship. Thank you so much for your support. Net:)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hey Maria, thank you for loving me for who I am, warts and all. At times you are the one person who bears my sorrow with me, thank you as always for the special gift of true friendship. Love ya my sista. xx

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Joyce, once again my dear friend, thank you for all the love and support that you show me. Net:)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Gail, you are so right. The sax has such versatility. So much more than any other instrument. I adore how the notes can be broody, light, tempered, elated, funny. It can tell a story and play a song all by itself. Thank you for the support again my friend. Net:)

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A beautiful poem and tribute to your friend - this is so very special.

      Thank you for sharing, voting up and awesome.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Annette,

      I am forever proud of you. You love with your heart and give from deep in your soul with your every written word.

      You learn from all who cross your path and, in turn, you teach others.

      You allow yourself to be inspired and, in turn, you inspire others.

      Voted UP & ABI...thinking of you always, Maria

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful poem for this singer, Voted up and awesome my friend, Joyce

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, what a great tribute to your friend.

      I absolutely adore saxophone music. My dad was a talented sax player although he was too busy raising us to pursue his passion fulltime. To this day I just melt when I hear a great saxophone solo played with soul and passion.

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Rahul, you said it friend. I am a very lucky lady to have been allowed to share the life of such a talented, amazing man. Ted is very humble and hates to have tributes written or talked of on his behalf. If a musician deserves recognition, Ted is the one. Thank you for your support. Net:)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Rosemay, Ted is an awesome, kind and gentle character, who lives for his music, in which, hidden in the depths are some very sad stories to tell. His new album contains some of his own written songs, they are truly amazing. One of them is "Mary Whispered In The Wind" OMG this is some tale to tell. I have adored working with him to promote his band, and he will always be a treasured friend. Net:)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ruby my dear friend, you are correct, Ted is blind, but he sees much more of life than we do. He would love to think that you enjoyed his music, he plays from his heart. His new album is due to be released shortly and I will let you know, in case you would like to listen to it. Thank you for your support hunnie, I truly appreciate it. Net:)

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Wayne, wow my friend to get an awesome from you is fantastic, thank you so much. No hunnie, I can't play any musical instruments, and my singing would shame the cat. I have learnt so much from Ted over the past six months, and have been very privileged to share his imagination. He is a lovely, talented and humble human being. He truly shies away from glory, but I think he sure deserves to be heard. Net:)

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      lovely poem! A great tribute to a wonderful human as you have outlined in your words...

      One truly yearns to have one such person in their lives...

      Great work

      :)lucky you


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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      'Through his music he knows another world. Imagery that floats over voices and rides on clouds'

      I think a saxaphone can transport both player and listener to another world more than any other instrument. There is just something about a saxaphone that just 'woo's' you (for want of a better word)

      He may not see a world of colour but he sure feels it. I listened to Lovers Leap 3 times, Lol. Your poem is wonderful Net, you descibe his music being as one with his soul perfectly.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am listening to 'Wicked ' as i type. Love this. He has the ' beat ' I understand he is blind? You would never know it. Great guitarist too. Wish i lived close. I would enjoy just sitting back, having a glass of wine and listen to his music. Thank's Annette...

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      You must be a musician yourself for you explain the emotion associated with performing it so well. Most musicians, like many writers, have a deep burning inside that they need to get let others appreciate. They can hear those sounds, the delicacy of particular phrasing...just the right word or note. So often, we sit in a room where someone is entertaining and miss that element...we are too busy running our mouth. For those of us who attempt to play...that is not the case. We are all eyes and ears and sitting on the edge of the next movement. Good stuff, Annette! Up and Awesome! WB


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