I came home tonight to settle in and relax. Picked up a book and turned on some music and before I realize it I’m listening to Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” as I land at the chapter in After Dark where Mari and Kaoru are sitting at the late night bar and the bartender puts on “Sophisticated Lady”.  They muse that it is music for the middle of the night and it stands out to me.

Sophisticated Lady

Sophisticated Lady - That’s music for the middle of the night

Sophisticated Lady - Pouring out of a downstairs bar like a wedge of light as someone else slips into the night

Sophisticated Lady- The tap of our shoes on the sidewalk, each one could hide the spark of a match in the alley, or the crack of a shot down the street, or even the snick of ol’ Mack’s knife as he leaves them cooling on the street

Sophisticated Lady - A hard rain won’t make you change your pace; in your world there’s nothing but hearts that race

Sophisticated Lady - The music starts to fade and I’m sitting on this bar stool alone and wide awake

Sophisticated Lady - I wonder if we’ll get a second take