Great Composers of the American Popular Song

A window opens on a forest: trees, moonlight, a path. You’ve been here before: the knot in a pine becomes a long-lost face, the veil of leaves a scarf of blue silk. You startle a flock of birds into flight and their cries echo a song playing in a tiny room wreathed in cigarette smoke. Through the window, the man at the piano sees a large house in a small town, his grandmother’s tulips, the fall of his sister’s hair. At the word song his eyes meet yours and his fingers pause on the keys: birds over a starlit canyon.




Lina Chern lives in Chicago and writes on her cellphone, sitting in traffic. She has written stories, poems, trivia questions, superhero dialogue, trashy paranormal romances, and one short crime novel.

Photo Credit: andi solo

2 Responses to “Great Composers of the American Popular Song”

  1. RevHJC says:


  2. Letina Kelly says:

    This is exquisite. I enjoyed every second of reading it.

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