The air of coffee, bacon, eggs and toast still lingers in the airThe pianist sits down to his piano to play a short etudeBefore he begins work on Rachmaninoff’s Piano concerto No 3A piece from his childhood, setting him on his path for pianoStephen Heller, Op 45, No 24 – Over Hill and DaleHis fingers flow with energyAs his memory remembers the diligence of the piece –Continuous legato in the right hand in broken triadsWith a mobile wrist in ascending and descending movementsDamper pedaling so the left hand staccato notes echo clearlyRemembering going to his piano lessons with his motherTraveling on the El in Chicago to his tutorWith the etude done, he immediately goes into the concertoPutting on the finishing touches before he performs tonightFor 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.