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Sunday, October 31, 2010

One Can't Help But Notice That The Supposed Vast Cultural Wastelands Like The Twenties And The Fifties Produced Most Everything Sublime In American Culture





11 comments:

Andy said...

But will they be saying the same about the Nineties, when we get back to the Eighties?

dick said...

One of your best. Just fantastic music. Enjoyed it immensely. You hit all my favorites but opera.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Andy- I could use a few months of the eighties right now.

Hi Dick- Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed them. My wife and I were enjoying our morning coffee and needed something to listen to. All I did was write it down.

Eric said...

Be careful, next thing you know, you'll be extolling mid-century modern architecture....

SippicanCottage said...

Royal Barry Wills!

Rob De Witt said...

Another thing to consider is that every one of those musicians, most certainly the players in the Gershwin vids, had devoted their entire lives to self-sacrifice and dedication to the music itself.

The '50s, unfortunately, also gave rise to the inevitable notion that if you just turn up the amp and stay high, Art will inevitably result - which has led us to the current pathetic state of the "culture." Most anybody under the age of 50 will see those orchestra players as "elitist." Sad.

Btw, don't neglect the '30s (Ellington, Basie) and '40s (Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Bill Monroe) and early '50s (Thelonious Monk, Flatt & Scruggs.) It wasn't until Colonel Tom Parker figured out how to market that "He's a Rebel" shuck that the whole thing started to go downhill so bad.

And yeah, the foregoing will probably give you a good idea of why I've been so popular during group activities for the last 60 years or so.

Johnny Glendale said...

Tasty choices.

On a (somewhat) related note, yesterday at my wife's church, a new guy played "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" on the monster pipe organ. Unbelievable piece on a sadly underutilized instrument. Bach certainly used all of it, though.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Rob- I dunno. You're always welcome at our group activities.

Johnny-G - Thanks for reading and commenting.

I'll just leave this here: I Wanna Be Nefarious

FHB said...

And the 70s. Don't forget the wasteland of the 1970s. Excellent stuff.

Jewel said...

That was delicious musical fare, brother. I miss going to the big band shows with my dad. They were passé even when I was into them. (70s) But I was lucky enough to see the following greats:
Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and a whole bunch more. It's nice to trot on over here for my musical fix.

SippicanCottage said...

Jewel- You are a jewel.