[Dixielandjazz] Grammys and OKOM

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Wed Feb 26 11:05:27 PST 2003


I think this is a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of thing.  The general
public tends to like what they are fed.  Remember the (albiet rather brief)
popularity surge in swing after the commercial for jeans using swing music
and jitter bug dancers?  So, if there were more notice given to what is out
there being performed and recorded in OKOM, its popularity might rise and if
it rises then there would be more likelihood of it winning some kind of
award.  As I said to someone recently, back in 1973, the New Black Eagles
were nominated for a Grammy for their LP, "On the River".  I don't remember
the category or why we have not seen more of OKOM since.  Perhaps the rules
have changed.

Ron L

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Barbone

Dan Augustine writes:

     I guess you're right. We don't deserve notice. <snip>

Hi Folks:

Did I imply that? <SNIP>
We get plenty of notice from TV, the Press and other media in our
territory. We play before young (most under 50 years old) fans.

However, most other OKOM bands do not. That is why OKOM does not show up
in the general music scene. There is a stunning lack of fans.

Please folks, don't misunderstand what I write. The music is wonderful,
play it however you like. Just don't bitch and moan if the public
doesn't like what you play. It is not their fault, it is yours.


My point is a simple one. There is plenty of OKOM opportunity out there.
Trouble is, most of us don't want to do it, we want to talk about not
doing it.

Paraphrasing Jack Nicholson's line in "A Few Good Men". "You want the
truth? We can't handle the truth."

Steve Barbone

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