[Dixielandjazz] Re: At the Jazz Band Ball

Robert S. Ringwald ringwald at calweb.com
Tue Apr 22 10:07:11 PDT 2003

David Littlefield asks:

> The topic of lyrics for classic instrumental tunes has popped up several
> times recently, and now I ask a question that's been nagging at me:
> Why, with all the great vocal tunes out there, would one want to convert
> jazz instrumentals to vocals?

Bob Ringwald replies:

Why, you ask?  To make money.

> If the vocalist is female, then the key
> change probably throws the horns way off, since it often is out of range
> for one or more of them...

The person writing the lyrics doesn't care about what key a girl singer
might sing in.  Besides, the key can always be changed for her vocal chorus
& then changed back for the horns.  Gives a nice contrast.

mr.wonderful at ringwald.com
Placerville, CA

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