[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 8, Issue 34

DWSI at aol.com DWSI at aol.com
Fri Aug 22 16:11:38 PDT 2003


> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Death of OKOM?

I think we get so fixated upon OKOM that we forget we're really part of a 
much larger moving stream which includes all forms of jazz and popular styles of 
music, and perhaps even some classical ones too. In the bigger view, I am more 
worried about where so-called "popular" music is going than I am about any of 
the well established niches--including OKOM. The pop area is what feeds the 
future options and it's a dessert right now. My daughter listens to rap and 
whatever you wish to call the weird outpouring of sounds by the money people 
backing pop promotion. It sounds less and less like any kind of music to me, or am 
I being too fussy to ask for something besides rhythm and chant-like sounds. 
If you feel bad about OKOM's prospects (and you shouldn't) read The Future Of 
Jazz, a collection of essays by noted authorities and performers including Ted 
Gioia. They don't have a clue as to where it's going. Maybe John Cage was 
right. Any sound is really music. 

Dan (piano fingers) Spink

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