He sees a change take place in them when they are touched by the music.
For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard” (Baldwin 57).
The narrator begins to understand the healing power of Jazz thinking that the Ochs had shifted to Sonny and Sonny’s relationship with it when he says “Listen, Creole seemed to be saying, listen. The narrator’s understanding deepens when he say “l seemed to hear with what burning he had made it his, with what burning we had yet to make it ours …
The narrators opinion is that jazz musicians fall into the name category of the people his father used to call “good time people” (Baldwin 46), people who hangs “around night clubs, clowning around on bandstands, while people pushed each other around a dance floor” (Baldwin 46).
The narrator begins to analyze what went wrong with sonny after his arrest.
He feels the music but does not experience the deep feeling Sonny expresses about It yet.
His knowledge of Jazz is very limited and he is not “touched” by It.
Sonny leaves the revival and arrives at the narrator’s apartment while the narrator is still incisive and begins to attempt to communicate with the narrator leading to a heart to heart conversation between them.
The narrator makes a conscious attempt to listen because “something told me that I should curb my tongue, that Sonny was doing his best to talk, that I should listen” Baldwin 53).
Jazz Healing Power According to Sonny’s Older Brother in “Sonny’s Blues” James Baldwin sets “Sonny’s Blues” in Harlem around the 1 ass’s.
He paints a picture of a place where poverty Is rampant In contrast with other places close by where people were rich and lived in fancy homes.