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Blue Like Jazz

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theatre in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that, I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.” From the book, Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. I wonder if that’s why I love color so much? Bright, popping, take-your-breath-away color. Because the author of color, who obviously adores it, has splashed it so generously about the earth. Something about it — painting with it, looking at it, mixing it, photographing it, printing it, watching it fade, somehow shows us something about the way. At least for the artist. So when my son asks random questions like, “what color is God,” I really want to say something outrageous like pink or orange or blue. Instead I say something immensely practical like, “ask your father.”

Posted: 25 January 2008