On Thursday, July 3 at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Devenport, Iowa, I, (Jimmy Jones), asked Sterling Plumpp to compose a poem for Fred Anderson. On Saturday, July 5, immediately prior to Fred's set, Sterling Plumpp spoke from the Tent stage about the remarkable musicianship of Fred Anderson and also about the great things Fred was doing at the Velvet Lounge to help young and older musicians better themselves.
Sterling then read this poem to Fred and the Tent audience:
Fred/Born where a riff comes.
Conquers with/Its alms. Deep
in throes/of Babylon. He takes
art/out of pawn. Be-Bopper/Original
after/Bird gone. He seeks cosmos/inside
his horn. Travels beyond/Forbidden
suns unseen. He riffs away cataracts/Till
vision is/clean. He/Be-Bop purple hazes.
To lead/Dreams from mazes.
reeds/Eternity riffing rounds
Fred/Spirit of improvisation's
times/Inventions is the mountain
He/Alawys climbs. With axe/Hallelujahs
in his/Alms. He riffs/Balm of Gilead
to show/Off rites.
Or/Turn on lights.
Or/Exhibit his axe's
Rising up/From a velvet
are born/When Fred's
riffs are/Born rising
--Sterling D. Plumpp
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