June 7, 2016

Pianist by Bradley Thomas

The air of coffee, bacon, eggs and toast still lingers in the air 
The pianist sits down to his piano to play a short etude
Before he begins work on Rachmaninoff’s Piano concerto No 3
A piece from his childhood, setting him on his path for piano
Stephen Heller, Op 45, No 24 – Over Hill and Dale
His fingers flow with energy
As his memory remembers the diligence of the piece –
Continuous legato in the right hand in broken triads
With a mobile wrist in ascending and descending movements
Damper pedaling so the left hand staccato notes echo clearly
Remembering going to his piano lessons with his mother
Traveling on the El in Chicago to his tutor 
With the etude done, he immediately goes into the concerto
Putting on the finishing touches before he performs tonight
For his community, the passion of his work

Bradley Thomas was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B.A. for Georgia State University in Business Administration. He currently works for the government of Fulton County, Georgia and lives in Norcross, Georgia. On the weekends plays electric bass for his church. Bradley’s poems have appeared in the poem anthology books Whispers of Inspiration and The Colors of Life.

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