Saxophonist Tom Ellison didn’t mention the date at tonight’s jam session at Allegro Bistro in Venice FL. He didn’t have to. But he found a way through his music to bring remembrance to this 11th anniversary of 9/11.
He selected a song written by a man with New York connections - comic actor, director and composer Charlie Chaplin. If you measure it by title alone, “Smile” would seem an odd choice. But Ellison made sure to first sing the lyrics at this edition of the South County Jazz Club weekly jam session.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the skyyou'll get by.
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile -
If you just smile.