Chapter

Gray Clouds

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0015
Gray Clouds

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It was during Clark's experience with the naval band that he got the news of his father had become severely unwell. Clark continued performing at the jam sessions with the naval band to ease his mind off the news. Wherever he went, jazz was there. The weeks of boot camp zipped by and there wasn't any bad news for Clark. Clark and the band went on to play live broadcasts as time passed by. This was the time when Clark began speaking his heart out to his friends, and the darkness of war started to surround them. While bombs were dropping, they played they hearts out to keep up the morale of their troops. Close to Christmas, Clark got the news of his father becoming severely delirious. Clark simply kept playing his horn and kept his dream alive that his father would get well and listen to him one day.

Keywords: Clark; naval band; jam sessions; boot camp; war; Christmas

Chapter.  1493 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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