She is a fictional character, but do remember her...
She has been blind since birth. As long as she can remember her mama told her, "Do not pity yourself. Not ever!" She taught her how to play piano and later guitar and saxophone. Her favorite music was gospel, blues, and jazz.
Her name is Essie. She works her magic at Raven's Jazz Piano Bar. When you hear her play you feel how she sees music. Essie plays like an Angel. The music takes over you to the point you feel what she feel.
Lately, her legs are giving way. She can no longer stand. So, she is wheeled in by caretakers. She remembers what her mama said and she don't want pity. Essie was mocked and scorned as a child, even as an adult. She's heard it all before. She's acquired thick gator-skin and don't pay attention to what the people say about her because when she play her music all humiliations fade away.
Gone are those days when that little girl was made fun of because everybody love Essie and her music. Raven's Jazz Piano Bar was torned down and made into a parking garage.
That was then, this is now. It's been ten years now since her death. People still flock to her gravesite day after day. Someone said they saw her the other day. But how can that be? Everybody knows she's in heaven playing that heavenly music.
Generations come and go, but her music still lives on. I was in the music store the other day when I heard someone ask, "Essie, who was Essie?" I could not resist, I said, "Pardon me, but let me tell you the story of this wonderful woman and her music."
So the next time you hear her music... Remember her.
Copyright © 2004 Pier Tyler. All Rights Reserved.
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|Reviewed by fateme bagheri
|I love the story|
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|That's just to show that everyone was born for a reason, and everyone has his/her own worth. So good to read this!! Thank you Pier!!!
|Reviewed by K M (Reader)
|This is beautifully written, very moving! Keep up the good work!|
|Reviewed by Joe Prentis
I just finished reading Essie for the third time, and I love it. You make her seem very much alive and very special. Keep writing!
|Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
A glorious and exacting tribute . . . loved "Essie"!!
|Reviewed by Barbara Terry
|Even Tho Essie may be a fictional character, there are many like her in real life. I remember Ray Charles, the songs he sang and the music he played so well. He is in Heaven now doing the grandest of all command performances. How many others are there too, playing their heavenly music? The next time you hear that ringing in your ears, listen closely. Thank you so much Pier, for this enlightening, and heartfelt piece. I actually had tears and smiles reading this.
May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), sister Barbie
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|Kahlil Gibran said it for me in his classic book, The Prophet:
"And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
It's one of my most beloved passages. I try to remember its teaching and bring it into my everyday life.
I'll listen, now, for Essie's music. I loved the heartfelt music of Satchmo Armstrong. Can Essie be far off?
A very sincere story with a wonderful message, Pier. Thank you.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Beautiful story, Pier; very well done! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Most wonderful tribute Pier!!
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A soul reaching tribute, Pier; thank you for sharing it. Essie must be smiling from heaven. Love and peace to you,