[Dixielandjazz] On the absence of melody

Nancy Giffin nancyink at ulink.net
Mon Dec 1 18:49:17 PST 2003

Ed Danielson <mcvouty78 at hotmail.com> wrote:

I've noticed the absence of melody in contemporary music just as many other
people have.  I think it's a time thing:  Contemporary life is so fast
paced, it seems nobody has time for a full melody any more.  When was the
last time you heard someone walking down the street whistling a tune in its
entirety?  Musicians and their listeners these days seem to think the whole
notion of a structured melody is passé and a waste of time.  If (as has been
suggested by another poster) the rhythm can be compared to sex and the
melody to romance, to which do people respond more enthusiastically --
especially if pressed for time?

LOL! Priceless, Ed!
I'll share this with my married friends who lament there isn't enough melody
in their relationships. (Seems all their husbands are "drummers.")

Your comment also adds a new dimension to Harold Smith's clarinet joke;
how would a drummer have replied?

(A good laugh is almost as good as... rhythm.)

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