Music, Music, Music....................in The Daily Diatribe Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:54 am
by LLE • | 101 Posts
I was born and raised during the last days of the great depression. The "popular" music I grew up with, [and later learned to appreciate not just as a listener but also as a musician,] came out of the "blues"-to--jazz--to swing--to modern jazz idioms. During the 1930's and 40's, and even the 50's, if you were talking about a "band" or "big band", usually you were talking about a certain kind of configuration of musicians. No matter how big or small, there were always reed players, brass players, and rhythm players, and a "boy" and "girl" singer. A prototype of a big band would have three or four trumpets, three or four trombones, and four or five saxophones, and the rhythm section usually consisted of piano, bass fiddle and drums, and SOMETIMES even a guitar. The emphasis was very much on melody and beautiful, elegant harmonies with the musicians actually reading musical parts on paper[even though they all could improvise], as created by a person called an "arranger". Whether the arrangement was for a popular song [sometimes referred to a ballad], an original jazz piece, or a novelty of some sort, the band played with precision, and a special kind of wholely American-invented sound --rich, vibrant, exciting, powerful and beautiful music. The "big band sound', finally all but died because the post war era made it too expensive to keep such a band on the road, and too expensive for the dance and stage show venues to afford to employ the bands. But it lives on, through the miracle of recordings , and even some movie films, and some regional bands that still offer their services locally. If you have never listened to a big band, and you love popular music and maybe ballroom dancing, you owe it to yourself to consider the big band sound. This is music that came from a place in the history of the USA, that in many ways was far less complex and far happier than today. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and Stan Kenton. I am sure these names are not familiar to most of our members. And that brings me to the thought---no offense---that the music posted here is not" my kind" of music, BUT as a musician I learned to appreciate all kinds of music, including the "long hair" classical stuff. I certainly hope we are able to broaden the variety here. Rant over.
RE: Music, Music, Music....................in The Daily Diatribe Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:39 am
by luckybychoice • | 55 Posts
i can asure you i am most familiar with big band music having grown up with it in the background thru my formative years and i just want to second the thought that music back then was far happier lyrically than it is today,that lots of big band musicians were truly muscicians,not just 3 note thumpers on stringed instruments like the 60s 70s and 80s and what the hell do you call the music of today where they don't even have instruments other than synthesized computer programs and voice autotune,nope give me some Outlaw country,some Martin and Sinatra,or some Lorena Mckennit any day,sprinkle in some Glenn Miller too.
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RE: Music, Music, Music....................in The Daily Diatribe Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:15 am
by HampsterW • | 461 Posts
RE: Music, Music, Music....................in The Daily Diatribe Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:30 pm
by LLE • | 101 Posts
Glad to know we have some "cats" here. OOPS--sorry ebear---some cats and a bear. Anyone who digs Mingus, Dizzy, Bird and Miles, is a friend of mine. Not braggin', but when I was in high school, if I wasn't music-working on the weekends, I was in the big apple, listening to all those guys, and others at Bop City, Birdland and all the joints on 52nd street.
RE: Music, Music, Music....................in The Daily Diatribe Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:59 pm
by Greasy Paws • | 111 Posts
I am probably one of the younger guys here age wise but I do thoroughly enjoy a broad spectrum of music.Big band is a sound I really enjoy.When I was 11 I took ball room dancing lessons with my grandmother for a year.Unfortunately,my white self has no rhythm.One of my favorites,which is kinda big bandish is The Andrews Sisters.Beautiful talented gals they were.I enjoy jazz from Dizzy and Miles,Blues from Robert Johnson,B.B. King,SRV.To classical of which there are too many too list.One of my best friends in the whole world who died last year,Alex Starr,had his Doctorate in Music.Me amigo played classical 12 string accompanied by fiddle.I sat in on hours of writing and practice thru 4 albums with this man.I of course like my AC/DC and Led Zeppelin and such genre,I like new and old country.I have a varied playlist on my Ipod.Interests of late are Steve Earle and Hank Williams III
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