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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artie Shaw, Charioteers, , , , , , , , R songs, Red, Rosalie, Rosetta,   

    THEY’RE PLAYING R SONG (PART II) 

    Although R (Part II) brings the number of posts (18) in this series in line with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, I foresee that after S and T, most of the remaining letters are going to present a challenge to staying on course  — especially X. The only gal I’m aware of whose name starts with X was Xanthippe, wife of Socrates, but as far as I know, no one back then wrote a song about her….and if they did, they left no record — or even sheet music. Papyrus would have been available, though apparently it was used for different ends, which in hindsight was a good idea on paper, but went to waste in practice.

    Meanswhile, back at the R, it’s time to ride:

    Red may have had a head start, but Rosetta and Rosalie have their own tales to tell:

    That’s all four now. Happy Thanksgiving!

     
    • arekhill1 12:04 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 12:53 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now you’re “walking the (oldies) walk,” Ricardo. RENEE (1966) is my kind of R & R.

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    • Jackie 1:28 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy thanksgiving! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection here Muse. You really out did yourself with the Ink Spots, Fats Waller and Artie Shaw. Can’t beat that.

      X I can see will be a problem. I do know another famous woman whose name started with X, Ximena Diaz wife of Rodrigo Diaz who you may not recognize by that name. He is better known in history as El Cid. But I don’t think there was a song about her either. Hey I’m trying.

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      • mistermuse 10:34 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. After writing this post, I thought of Xenia as a girl’s name, but it’s still a name without a song. However, there’s still a while to go before I get to X, so something may yet turn up. BTW, the Artie Shaw song (ROSALIE) is by Cole Porter, which I think is the first Porter tune I’ve posted in this series. It would’ve been a sacrilege to run the alphabet without at least one Porter song!

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    • Don Frankel 7:01 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Look what I found.

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    • tref 10:59 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      All great choices.

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m particularly pleased that you liked RIDE RED RIDE, as The Charioteers were a very underappreciated quartet in those days, in my opinion.

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        • tref 2:30 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink

          I knew them from Darktown Strutters Ball, when I was a kid. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, too.

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    • mistermuse 7:47 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have dozens of The Charioteers old 78s (on the Columbia label). Considering that they were competing against The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, I guess ‘third place’ was nothing to complain about, as they sold a lot of records.

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  • mistermuse 3:29 pm on May 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artie Shaw, , , , , , , ,   

    MAY 23 IS INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 

    Although it is tempting to sum up the classic jazz era of 1917-32 with a few major names (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, etc.), there were many other important contributors. The classic jazz era was one of dizzying innovation and breakthrough. –Scott Yanow, jazz writer

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    I am a classic jazz lover, pure and simple — which does not mean I love classic jazz exclusively. On the contrary, I’ve enjoyed the best of various types of music over the decades. But, considering the noisome state of what has been popular of late, I’m glad I was born early enough to appreciate the difference between music and noise. Thus, these poems on this day:

    COUNTERFEIT NOTES

    The things that pass
    for music these days.

    OUTDATED

    I could tell you what it
    was like in those days,
    but you had to live it
    to appreciate it, and why
    should you give a damn?
    I wasn’t born yesterday.

    The destiny of every
    generation is to become
    irrelevant to the next.
    You may save its music for
    your collection of coming
    tomorrows, its sounds
    long died in the past, but
    when you go, so too
    goes the living ghost
    of the world you knew.

    WHEN JAZZ WAS JAZZ

    Listen —
    You can’t get
    there from here.

    May 23 also happens to be the birthday of all-time great clarinetist ARTIE SHAW, who was born in 1910 and played with many jazz/dance bands beginning in 1926. In 1936, he formed his own group, which evolved into one of the leading bands of the swing era. He also composed a number of fine songs, including LOVE OF MY LIFE (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) and ANY OLD TIME (which his band recorded in July 1938 with Billie Holiday as vocalist). That same recording session produced his biggest hit:

     
    • arekhill1 12:00 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you enjoyed Jazz Day by playing your favorites, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 4:13 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gracias, Ricardo. Artie Shaw’s rendition of “Begin the Beguine” IS one of my favorites, and I played it several times.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 8:26 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        My husband and I may not be of your generation, mistermuse. However, we both enjoy listening to jazz and swing songs. Why? We were born just after World War II and we watched those movies on the television. “Begin the Beguine” with Artie Shaw is one of my favorites. too. Nothing can compare to the music of Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong to name a few. I have some CDs with some of these great songs on them. I play them when I am “In The Mood.”

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    • mistermuse 9:45 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Having been born in 1936, swing was the music I grew up listening to. Even though it went out of fashion by the late 1940s, it – and the classic jazz era it came from – remain unsurpassed….which is not to say there hasn’t been “a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on” since then.

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    • Mél@nie 9:54 am on May 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      it was celebrated in France, too… btw, have you ever been to New Orleans=Nouvelle Orléans?… 🙂 we went there several times while in Houston, TX for 5 years… oh, speakin’ of ARTIE SHAW, the French would read it “artichaut” = artichoke… 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:46 am on May 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been to New Orleans as a child on one of my parent’s many trips, but I was too young to remember it. Unfortunately, I’ve never returned.

      Artie Shaw’s greatest clarinet rival back in the day was Benny Goodman, which I assume the French would read as Benny Bonhomme. 😦

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      • Mél@nie 7:56 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        they’re both appreciated and respected in France, just like Woody Allen… 🙂 Benny Goodman is correctly pronounced with a slight French intonation.

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        • mistermuse 10:44 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink

          In America, we classic jazz/swing lovers appreciate and respect French guitarist Django Reinhardt, one of the great jazz instrumentalists of all time.

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    • Don Frankel 3:59 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Just remember Muse only the great stuff endures. If you listened to everything from any era there would be a lot of junk.

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    • mistermuse 9:17 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, when it comes to classic jazz of 80-90 years ago, a lot of the great stuff only endures to a relative few of us, and some of it was never recorded and endures only in the witness of those who heard it at the time and testified to it. But I agree that every era produces its share of junk.

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