John attended a session of Virginia's Poetry Corner and played the piano after I read this poem. We all had a wonderful time.
Watch that man coming and going
An ordinary chap in a baseball cap
But wait, it’s the John Kurz we’re seeing
And he can make us clap and clap
See the twinkle in his dark eyes
He knows he’ll have us in his thrall
Sit down, let’s wait for his surprise
His talent woos and wins us all.
John takes his place at the piano
He toys with us to show his mood
Easy notes let anticipation grow
As he works his magical prelude
Nodding to his friends this day
He greets the audience he’ll heed
“Now what would you like me to play?”
“Anything and everything,” we plead.
We sing with him a favorite love song
Dance in our chairs and tap our toes
To rhythmic show tunes that follow along
One after another until John knows
To allow applause to break the spell
Then he turned to the powerful phase
Of his repertoire and chords fell
Deeper and majestic in a fiery blaze
A moment of silence…roaring applause
Our knowledge that John Kurz could cause
Us to fall to our knees anytime he pleased.
Virginia L. Wylie
John Kurz and his piano became residents of Horizon Bay (now Brookdale OC) in March 2014.
His degree from Notre Dame is in business which he pursued until retirement. He has no formal music training. He plays by ear and memory. His mother, he says, set him down at a piano at
the age of three and said “PLAY!” He did…and he does.