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Bill Evans

You and the Night and the Music

Bill Evans in Milan, 1969 | Photo: Roberto Polillo

FROM ‘MARA, MARIETTA’
Part Ten Chapter 10

̶  Hey, Bill Evans!

Florence snaps her fingers to the beat and gives the name of the piece:

̶̶  ‘You and the Night and the Music’.

Onyx and jade circle her wrist in brilliant cubes of black and green: the power of Cleopatra. As the piano’s melodic line transports us to the buffet, the bent of Flo’s mind makes me wonder: Will she go home with Xavier tonight? If so, when they make love, how deep will she take him into her godless universe? And will he be man enough to find the divine in it?