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Jack Buck and Music

October 18, 2013

jackbuckPerhaps because the Cardinals are doing so well in their 2013 World Series quest and the below poem handed to me yesterday by my piano teacher it might be a good time to remember Jack Buck (pictured on left). Jack, now deceased, is a St Louis Legend who loved the Cardinals and announced Cardinal baseball for many years. The below poem was dedicated to the St Louis Symphony by Jack in 2001

Jack Buck fought Parkinson’s disease to the end of his life but never lost his humor. I remember once hearing him on the radio say he and Muhammad Ali (a boxer who also had Parkinson’s disease) attended a dinner together. He said they both hugged each other shaking from Parkinson’s disease the whole time. Jack said it took the bystanders and hour to untangle them after they hugged.

Jack’s poem:

What would life be like without music?
I am certain I don’t want to know.
Birds sitting silently in the morning.
No nursery rhymes to help children grow.

Music is a part of us everyday.
A gift that heightens our senses.
There’s a peaceful moment as we put our cares away
and a symphonic evening commences.

Without music, we’d miss the picking and the plucking
of a rag time band.
There’d be no reason to be tapping our feet.
We’d miss the forceful moan of a slide trombone,
as a marching band swings down the street

To hear a piano concerto mastered by a 12-year-old
is a moment that can’t be transcended.
How could you match the peaceful thoughts you have
when a Beethoven evening has ended.

We enjoy the scratchy notes of a junior high band,
A muted trumpet . . . a chorus as the voices blend.
We’d miss the rumbling crescendo of the kettle drums
that makes the hair on our neck stand on end

Music has pulled our nation together
As it has many times before.
Our national anthem . . . God Bless America
once again music has marched off to war.

There must be requests at a piano bar
and falling in love at the dance.
Perhaps we’d still enjoy life without music,
but I don’t want to take that chance.

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