Oscar Peterson – In Memoriam

Oscar Peterson passed away prior to Christmas… He was quintessentially Canadian and unsurpassed in his musical talent – playing those jazzy keys and bringing joy to many people. I wore out the grooves on my Night Train LP, and the songwriter in Mr. Peterson shined there in Hymn to Freedom. He lived fairly close to me, but I never had the pleasure of meeting him, though I was fortunate enough to see him at the Orpheum theatre in Vancouver in my university days…On his official site you’ll find the following song written by Oscar with Elvis Costello providing the lyrics:

When Summer Comes
Music by Oscar Peterson

Lyrics by Elvis Costello
Originally Performed by Diana Krall


The land was white
While the winter moon as absent from the night

And the blackness only pierced by far off stars
But as every day still succeeds the darkest moments we have known

When season turn
Springtime colours will return

And as the first pale flowers of the lengthening hours
Seem to brighten the twilight and that melancholy cloak

Then a fresh perfume just seems to burst from each bloom
Until the green shoots through each day

As it arrives in every shade of hope
When Summer Comes

There will be a dream of peace
And a breath that I’ve held so long that I can barely release

Then perhaps I may even find a room somewhere
Just a place I can still speak to you

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