[Dixielandjazz] Not Dixieland Jazz

Don Ingle dingle@baldwin-net.com
Fri, 28 Jun 2002 16:09:51 -0400

Steve: Perhaps you could indicate in your header that it is "other" jazz
content. Then listees could read or delete as their interest dictates, but
those that want a more pure
OKOM direction could just skip it. That way all could have options. Just a
thought. However, expressing one's opinion does not a "jazz policeman" make.
Don Ingle
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet@earthlink.net>
To: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz@ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2002 2:49 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Not Dixieland Jazz

> Jim Beebe is right, the post was not Dixieland Jazz. It was so noted at
> the beginning. It was also noted that the post referenced Yoruba music
> and religious praise songs which were an integral part of the foundation
> of Dixieland Jazz.
> It seems to me that the "Jazz Police" are getting restless. We tend to
> dismiss all music we don't like as trash. Interesting view point. Much
> like the pre World War II book burnings because those books were not to
> some one dimensional person's liking. Who among us is able to state with
> real conviction that the music, or politics, or religion, or what ever
> we espouse is the only correct stuff?  Those who espouse it are trying
> to foist their own brand of political correctness on the rest of us.
> Is is education? If we are educated, is our view therefore correct. Can
> the best and the brightest tell us what is good and what is bad? My,
> what egotistical garbage. Just read Robert McNamara's mea culpa about
> his part in the tragedy of Vietnam. As a member of the best and the
> brightest, he helped get 50,000 American Boys killed. For nothing. I got
> news folks, everybody's opinion counts and sometimes the dumb ones are
> better then those of the educated elite.
> Musical education? Most of us have only studied European and American
> Music. We are woefully ignorant of the beauty of the music of India,
> China, The Middle East etc. So please don't tell the rest of the world
> what music to like and what not to like. You only highlight your own
> ignorance. Pure and simple, music is in the ear of the listener, not in
> the words of of the "elitists".
> Yes, my taste in music is very broad. From Sousa (which folks post about
> in detail and has less to do with Dixieland than my post in question) to
> Cecil Taylor, to Bach,  Beethoven, and Stravinski, Ravi Shankar and a
> whole bunch of others worldwide.
> How do I say this gently? If you don't like what I post, don't read it.
> And by all means, don't re post it in html so that it appears twice more
> on the list for those who may have already read it. And if anybody wants
> to be a list moderator, then send in your application and quit
> complaining about moderated lists.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
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