[Dixielandjazz] Re: When I'm 64

Tony Davis tony@tony-davis.co.uk
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 23:55:30 +0100

I find "When I'm Sixty-four" almost unplayable as a jazz number.  It simply
doesn't swing.  Anyway, it's too late for me now :-).

By coincidence, when I was going through the accumulated debris in my
mailbox, I came across the following quotation, submitted by David "Sheik"
Littlefield.  It's the late Glenn Gould's analysis of the Beatles' music:

"Theirs is a happy, cocky, belligerently resourceless brand
of harmonic primitivism... In the Liverpudlian repertoire, the indulged
amateurishness of the musical material, though closely rivaled by the
indifference of the performing style, is actually surpassed only by the
ineptitude of the studio production method. "Strawberry Fields" suggests a
chance encounter at a mountain wedding between Claudio Monteverdi and a jug

Wonderful stuff!  (Gould's comments, I mean, not "Strawberry Fields").


Tony Davis
Zenith Hot Stompers/Kaminsky Connection
Aston, Oxfordshire, UK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nancy Giffin" <nancyink@ulink.net>
To: "Creole Dixieland Jazz Band" <dixielandjazz@myexcel.com>; "Robert S.
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Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Re: When I'm 64

> > From: "Creole Dixieland Jazz Band" <dixielandjazz@myexcel.com>
> > Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Re: When I'm 64
> >
> > We did it one night and it went over great. But nobody could remember
> > bridge (verse?) or whatever that middle part is. What is the layout of
> > tune anyway? Anyone have the chords handy, please?  :-)
> >
> > Dave
> Yes, Dave,
> You've got to get that "middle part"; it's the all-important contrast to
> happy jazz intro and ending to the song. (Like a Greek comedy that goes
> happy/sad/happy.)
> After a lighthearted intro, the bridge notes slowly begin descending as
> tune and its lyrics take on a more serious and ominous tone about growing
> old... but toward the end of this part, the lyrics begin referring to the
> "grandchildren on your knee," and the melody brightens up -- the notes
> associated with the kids' names seem to bounce like a child on your knee!
> Then we return back to the main melody and all is light and happy again.
> I hope someone sends you the sheet music. Good luck, and have fun!
> Love and hugs,
> Nancy
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