Like when you're listening to a song you've never heard before and you can sing along the first time. But then you find yourself surprised by a dissonant note.
A key change.
It's clashing colors.
An accessory that pops.
A lyric that doesn't rhyme.
It's the juxtaposition of styles and genres.
Like the first time you notice color in a black and white photograph.
Or an object protruding from a painting.
It's mixed media.
The essence of jazz.
Interesting character flaws.
It's when I know I love a friend.
When I'm getting lost in their patterns, habits, predictability, loyalty.
And then they surprise me. Share a new layer of themselves. A fascinating story. An unusual hobby. A simple, unexpected gesture.
Here's to the friends and family who surprise us daily.