[Dixielandjazz] Food for thought

Bob Romans cellblk7 at attbi.com
Wed May 7 10:54:13 PDT 2003

>From the Trumpet Players International Network...(TPIN)
There are some AWESOME trumpet players on the TPIN!
Haven't we been through this on the DJML? Interestingly,  these people don't
have a CLUE on what real jazz is!!

From: Jeanne G Pocius <jgpocius at yahoo.com>
To: TPIN Mailing List <tpin at tpin.dana.edu>
Subject: [TPIN] Fwd: Food for thought
Date: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 11:32 AM

What Happened to Jazz?

What's happened to jazz? Where's all the brass?
What happened to jazz? What happened to class?
There was Dizzy and Miles, Flip Phillips and Bird.
Stan Getz played phrasing like we'd never heard.
Count Basie and Duke and all Woody's Herds,
Hell! Ella could sing without any words.

Then Rock and Roll showed up one day -
Just rhythm and Blues played a flashier way.
Wild costumes and lasers and fireworks and all,
Smash up your axes. Then trash the hall.
"It won't last," we said, "It'll soon go away."
But it kept hanging in there, day after day.

Punk Rock, Acid Rock, Heavy Metal and Rap,
They said it was music. We said it was crap.
Now it's two guys, a computer, and six amps on the
With ten thousand watts and a million RAMS at hand.
Synthesizers, amplifiers, electronics and such,
They still call it music, but it don't move me much.

There's still lots of young talent. Kids that really
North Texas lab bands turn them out every day.
But there aren't any gigs and there's no place to play
Jam sessions where old cats show the young cats the
Cutting contests that last until break of day,
Where all of your peers try to blow you away.

Ah, the jazz years were sweet, and we had a good run.
We partied all night and we hid from the sun.
We drank lots of booze, smoked grass by the ton,
Played games with the chicks and quite often won.
Life was a ball---playing music was fun.
I guess we did it all. It all seems to be done.

Be-bop to Hip-Hop in fifty short years.
You can't call that progress, not if you have ears.
But it's over and done, what else can you say.
Maybe, just maybe, it'll come back some day.
What happened to music?
Please, tell me the truth.
What happened to jazz?
What happened to truth?

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