[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 11, Issue 24

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 10 19:23:35 PST 2003

> "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com> wrote (polite snip)
> You teachers (retired and otherwise) will bear me out, I'm sure, when I
> mention that during dry windy days in the autumn, (I mean really dry and
> windy) the kids in your classrooms tend to go absolutely bonkers.
> I do believe that these links exist even if I can't reasonably esplain them.
> What impact does this have on music?  Good question.

Aha. A very astute observation. Dry & Windy absolutely DOES have an affect on much of the animal life living on earth. We see it all the time with our horses. We have all
probably seen it with our kids. We see it all around us.

The reason is, I think, associated with barometric pressure changes from low to high. So when the animals have been in a "low" pressure situation for a few days, they are
relatively calm. Then, a nice "high" comes whistling in. Pressure goes up, a little wind, a little dry, and the animals get very frisky.

At our ages, Martha and I are very careful around the horses when that high pressure weather system comes after a low. We have a saying about it. "Look out, the wind will be up
their butts today."

So, forget the moon, check the barometric pressure. When it's high, you're high.

Musical content: "When You're Smiling".


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