All That Jazz #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up

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As a kid, I loved to improvise melodies and harmonies on the piano. When I was a freshman in high school in 1977, my parents encouraged me to take a jazz improvisation class, which I didn’t like so much. It was held at the local college in a piano lab, a large room containing many keyboards, where students played, using headphones. We were given exercises, and the instructor listened to each of us and talked to us through our headphones, mostly telling us what we were doing wrong and offering little praise. He also insisted we listen to nothing but jazz, which, for a teenager who enjoyed popular music, didn’t go over well. I made it through the course, but it turned me off jazz for several years.


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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.



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I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

19 thoughts on “All That Jazz #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-Up”

    1. You’re right. Being interrupted through my headphones while practicing was annoying, especially since most of the time, the instructor was telling me what I was doing wrong and offering me little praise for what I thought I was doing right. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  1. There’s an old say, “A good Six will make you think of something you haven’t in a long time, a great Six will take you back in t time, completely…”

    Your Six took me back to the music building in my undergrad days. The thing was, it (my undergrad days) was before the proliferation (and convenience) of electronic musical instruments. So there was a section for practice that consisted of a 6×8 foot rooms. Enough for a piano, a music stand and a chair, totally lined with that perforated fiber-square panels. In fact, the corridor that ran down this section (practice rooms to either side) was also ‘sound-proofed’. The coolest thing was that each room had solid wood doors with a single, jail cell type glass window. So you would walk down the corridor and look in on a trumpet player in one, a violist in another and then someone playing piano. There was a sense of music in the distance. Very cool.

    This Six was great

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    1. When I was in college, the practice rooms were arranged the same way. One day, my piano teacher, an elderly woman who was always picky and critical, knocked on the door of the room where I was practicing, and when I said to come in, she pointed out what I was doing wrong. Why can’t teachers just let students practice without interruption? Thank you for sharing your memories.


  2. It seems a poor way to inspire. How easily young people can be ‘turned off’ when poorly taught. I often wonder if our own favorite interests come directly from well placed good teachers in our early lives?

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    1. I think you’re right. Teachers can play an important role in what interests young people and what they enjoy later in life. Luckily for me, I have many happy memories of listening to jazz with my father before I took that class. So, I eventually got over that disaster and now listen to jazz as well as classical and popular music on a regular basis. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    1. I agree. Not only does a teacher need the knowledge to impart to students, but a teacher must do it in a way that fosters learning and appreciation for the subject matter. Some musicians are compelled to take on students in order to make extra money, but they may not be the best of teachers. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  3. How fortunate this teacher didn’t turn you off to music completely. Students are very impressionable so the impact of a bad teacher can have long reaching effects. I’m glad you eventually began listening to jazz again.

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