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Jivin With Austin
by Kate Burnside

Thursday, August 17, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Yup... still feelin kinda off-beam... :)) K xx


JIVIN WITH AUSTIN


The painter smiled his gap-tooth grin outside the kitchen window. So are they your set of drums then? He jerked his head in the direction of the music room and jiggled brushes in both hands to demonstrate. You bet, I replied, flicking my wrists in copycat fashion. Ive just reached Grade 6. I dont know why I lied perhaps the devil made me do it. But all the rest of the day, the steady fingertip and flat-palm beat of congas laced its way through the looping spools of my veins, making me slope, shuffle or twitch. Even driving to the gym, my feet and hands engaged a terrific percussion solo, involving the entire width of the car and a rhythmic, pulsating head-banging. Later it was a Santana CD that was unconsciously picked and dragged from the back of the pile, as I sambad my way through cooking supper with cocktail-shaking aplomb. Its strange how the body seems to know what it needs: the immune system responds well to sound. Tonight my bed will be thick with the taste of Angostura bitters, hot rum and the viscosity of fiery red blood pounding my soul. And tomorrow Ill be better: it will be a ballet of strings.

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Reviewed by Aberjhani 8/19/2006
As Louie Armstrong once said: Man I dig that jive like crazy!
Aberjhani
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 8/19/2006
Ooooh Kate, your in dire straits here girl...
They came to mind when I read this, prolly cause of the diversity of Knofflers music genius.
Kewl Write Kate
Ch'erie
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 8/18/2006
Ringo Starr's got nothin' over you, Kate! Here's hoping your heart is pumping out a steady rhythm of get well soon.....'cause mine is, for you!

Love&Prayers, Rhonda
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 8/18/2006
Really wonderful done!
Love and Peace, B&R
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 8/18/2006
No matter how poorly you may feel, your writing seems unaffected. You are an incredible person with an amazing outlook on life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece and smiled throughout. Do whatever it takes to help that immune system and get better soon dear Kate. You are a blessing to all at the den.
love Chanti
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/18/2006
Keep going...and keep the beat going!!

Excellent work Kate!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/18/2006
A ballet of strings is what I hope for you too KB. This was great slice of life you wrote here.

In fraternity and wellness ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/18/2006
The imagery; the message; the poem enthrall me, as Karen said. Yes--dynamic writing. Hope you feel better SOOOOOOOOOON!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *prayers, too*
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/18/2006
Wonderful write, Kate; you enthrall me with your words! A true genius at work! Very well done; brava!

(((HUGS))), much love, and continued prayers, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/18/2006
Kate

A little bit of jive talking is good for the heart and soul...
I could envision and hear Santana playng Samba Pa Ti in the background...

Love
Peter
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/18/2006
Who has a music room like this? Let's take a look through the key hole..
Bit of the Walter Mitties huh, you should be compfy enough in yer own skin..

A day in the life prosotry.. Keep jivin juke box Kate..
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/17/2006
Like the cut-out top of a Jack-O-Lantern, somedays music just fits. Use the word drumsticks an' they'll either broil you or beat you, either way, the Angostura bitters and hot rum'll go with, in harmony with the Cosmic mind of Santana's Black Magic Woman, tomorrow's graceful mood-producing musical effect. Stay on your ballet tippy-toes, Kate!

Sage
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/17/2006
my my Kate, sakes alive you be doin the shuck n' jive methinks we are truckin on down the same path;-)sure hope those ballet slippers fit you in the morning!I'm sending some Bolshoi Brandy to go with your bitters;-)...along with healing vibes...;-) Eileen
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/17/2006
I love your recipe for getting better, Kate. This is awesome. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 8/17/2006
jive on! my first thought, honestly, was what kind of medicine is she on? then I got into the beat and, darn it, if your rhythmic concoction didn't get me tappin' my tired feet. enjoyed this fully. drumroll to Kate! best, Dawn
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 8/17/2006
A little rythmtic teenage right of passage is what we have here and Eileen I can see you just juve'n.
Reminded me of my days and the Beachboys for me...they did it since I spent all my spare time doing the shag at Tybee Island.
Thanks for the memories.
Love...feel'n better?
Susan
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/17/2006
Oh sweet Kate, from the rythem of the word to the rythem of the drums and all points in between, you have the beat. You know though I sort of fanazized about you playing the Nelson drum and my the bag pipes dressed in Kilts of our clans somewhere in the highlands. Whoo think I just felt a weee draft up under me kilt.

Hugs,
Pops
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 8/17/2006
For off beam, you light up the screen with this one. Of course, here in the South we used to call it juke-in...and you are absolutely right, music is a healer and it just makes me want to move from tomorrow's "ballet of strings" to the next day's bootie shakin...you got it goin' on Kate.
Love,
Taylor
Reviewed by F William Broome 8/17/2006
A day... and a night... like that has a name; a Shaker Taker Time. You begin the day shaking it all out, as you so openly confessed about unmastered drums. Next, try doing that never never tried successfully, as with music and your mind/body need to flow with it. The taker part is the real play time - in whatever way convenient and tasty, for that's how to take the prize and be congratulated the next monning on winning. Please see me after calss if this is not clear.
You write it well. and I'm on your side ! ! !
- Bill
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/17/2006
Love the descriptions and how you pull your reader in with the emotions that you have stirred up with your words.
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader) 8/17/2006
Intresting write kate..Great to see ya back..

Love & Healing, Dove
Reviewed by jude forese 8/17/2006
from a painter, to grade 6, to congas, to veins, to head-banging, to a cockyail-shaking aplomb, to immune system, to Angostura bitters and a ballet of strings ... boy Kate, you covered all the bases in this one ...
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/17/2006
Hey what ever makes you feel beeter go for it.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/17/2006
A splash of Angostura bitters in a cocktail glass about half full with good bourbon . . . Look out . . . gotta love it. Man, oh man, it has been YEARS since I have had that wonderful taste in my mouth. Sorry, but your poem/prose fell apart on me as soon as I saw the name Angostura bitters.



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