[Dixielandjazz] Dadaism and early jazz

Don Kirkman donkirk at covad.net
Thu May 29 18:03:49 PDT 2003

On Thu, 29 May 2003 11:36:58 -0700 (PDT), Burt Wilson wrote:

>Art and music are muses. From a metaphysical standpoint, they have a great influence on the psyche. We all remember the familier "music sooths the savage beast."

A Flat Minor qvetch below.

>However music and art do more than that. They have a profound effect on the way we think. Certain art styles and musical styles appeal to the comfortable ruts in our minds, while others compel us to stretch our minds and others, in the tradition of true connoisseurship, demand that we completely re-think what we have solidly
referenced in our brain cells.

>The last thing people want to do is think differently. That is the main reason people accept or reject art or music. It is the reason people say, "Well, I don't know much about art, but I know what I like."

>To think differenty, one must shake up all the lovely ruts in the mind and chart new roads in, around and above the comfortable ones. We have to re-tune our ear for music, and we have to re-tune our eye for art. Various expressions of art and music do that to us and to the extent we WANT to learn something different, to that
degree do we MAKE AN EFFORT to understand something new. Curiously enough, whether we make that effort or not, the youth of the world will accept it as theirs and bring it into life. We are then left to comment, "Well...The younger generation is going to hell in a handbasket."

>When we find ourselves using such knee-jerk responses, we can be assured that we have now become our parents.

Thanks for the your thoughts, and those of the others taking part in
this thread.  It's challenging but refreshing to see this level of
discussion among the afficionados of OKOM.

I indeed remember the saying; I also remember (thanks to my Google
brain) the original.  So many riffs seem to have been done on that
thought that it may be worth remembering the original as found in
Bartlett on line.

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

William Congreve (1670–1729), British dramatist. Almeria, in The
Mourning Bride, act 1, sc. 1 (1697). 

Methinks Congreve had heard music at its best.
donkirk at covad.net

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