"Out like a lamb" is the end of the saying about the month of March. So, I asked Rick O'Dell if he knew any jazz songs that had lambs in them. He replied no and asked me if I really thought March was going to go out gently. Not realizing what a weather prophet he is, I went on a search for a jazzy lamb, hoping that IF I found one, the snow and cold would go away.
Finding a lamb in jazz is like finding a needle in a haystack, but I did it. There is a composer in Britain named Bob Chilcott, who used five of William Blake’s poems to create a suite called Jazz Songs of Innocence. "The Lamb" is a ballad of two stanzas. The first one asks the creature who created it and the second answers by telling the lamb that his creator calls himself a lamb.
I could find it performed only by high school or college choirs, which makes it hard to appreciate. Most of the recordings are done by proud parents sitting in balconies, surrounded by coughing strangers and fidgeting children. The best one on YouTube is a recorded rehearsal at Ohio State University. You have to ignore the professor’s admonishments, the boring camera angle and two false starts before they get down to the business of the song. Trust me, it’s not worth the trouble.
Fast forward to the shock of the first day of spring when we had a full on Chicago style snowstorm! Spending the day huddled in a warm woolen sweater, I began to wonder if that was what they meant when it was said March goes out like a lamb!
~Lydia Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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