Loss and Mourning

“We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that a part of us shall remain inconsolable and never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it is completely filled, it will nevertheless remain something changed forever…”– Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939)

Jazz musicians mourn their losses through their music. Trumpeter Clifford Brown lost his life at age 25. He was an extremely gifted trumpet player with great promise. Check him out on Google Wikipedia. He was a bright star. Here is a song written for him by saxophonist Benny Golsen and recorded by many musicians. I selected a rendition by Freddie Hubbard, another jazz trumpeter. Another song, “If I Should Lose You” is interpreted by Charlie Parker, and then, to end this exhibit, I chose “Passacaglia” by Jim Hall, an orchestration that is very moving.

“The only link between him and the world was a wave of music, a minor modulation. Not a lament, no cry, yet purest of sounds that ever spoke despair.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight

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One thought on “Loss and Mourning

  1. Lana M. Ackaway, LCSW-R, CASAC

    Beautiful …. the despair in Passacaglia is wordless. However, I know ‘it’ very well from many/most periods of my childhood which were reaped in silence and aloneness. Also, from living a lifetime of loss. No accident I entered this field!! I’m glad to be able to yet work and help others with their feelings in their times of loss. I certainly felt it for weeks after the loss of my beloved late husband… and then mourning for 2.5 yrs. I love Freud’s quote. I never knew this.

    Having trouble with listening to Parker and Hubbard….. adjusted speakers and tried on YouTube…. I reported the issue. I don’t think it’s my speakers.

    Still navigating around your treasure. Thanks for sharing this treasure.


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