The last note was a blue note and silence filled the room for 40 seconds when the sound of applause burst like a bomb. The audience rose to their feet with right arms raised and fists pumping into space. The sight amazed her. The sound was intoxicating – addictive.
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With a racing heart she bowed and backed off the stage but the applause did not end and the shouts of “encore!” rang out over and over again. Someone pushed her gently from behind on to the stage again and as she approached the microphone the crowd grew quiet. She said no words at first but simply hummed and soon the tune and then the words could be heard – Time After Time.