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Time Out Ten

Oscar Peterson

Close Your Eyes



For this item you need to be able to stop for ten minutes.

We are often moving on to the next job, the next meeting, scrolling down social media, taking the next call ......'Time Out Ten' asks you to stop for ten minutes and listen to a particular piece of jazz; to find a time when you won't be interrupted, when you can put in/on your headphones and chill out. Ten minutes isn't long.


Oscar Peterson Trio


This month, take a few minutes out to listen to the standard Close Your Eyes from the album The Jazz Soul Of Oscar Peterson with Oscar Peterson (piano); Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums).




The standard was written in 1933 by Bernice Petkere who is not too well known, but who was called 'The Queen of Tin Pan Alley' by Irving Berlin, and her songs, including Lullaby Of the Leaves, have been recorded by many jazz musicians.


Close Your Eyes painting





Close your eyes
Put your head on my shoulder and sleep
Close your eyes
And I will close mine

Close your eyes
Let's pretend that we're both counting sheep
Close your eyes









Old Nod


Softly along the road of evening,
    In a twilight dim with rose,
  Wrinkled with age, and drenched with dew
    Old Nod, the shepherd, goes.

  His drowsy flock streams on before him,
    Their fleeces charged with gold,
  To where the sun's last beam leans low
    On Nod the shepherd's fold.

  The hedge is quick and green with briar,
    From their sand the conies creep;
  And all the birds that fly in heaven
    Flock singing home to sleep.

  His lambs outnumber a noon's roses,
    Yet, when night's shadows fall,
  His blind old sheep-dog, Slumber-soon,
    Misses not one of all.

  His are the quiet steeps of dreamland,
    The waters of no-more-pain,
  His ram's bell rings 'neath an arch of stars,
    "Rest, rest, and rest again."

Walter De La Mare - 'Nod'



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