[Dixielandjazz] Interesting article on new performancesofMinstrel Shows

David W. Littlefield dwlit at cpcug.org
Mon Nov 17 11:04:52 PST 2003

If it's a good tune, it doesn't need to be sung. If it's not good enough to
stand on it's own, why bother playing it--there's a jillion great tunes out
there to play instead...


At 08:23 AM 11/17/2003 -0500, DWSI at aol.com wrote:
>I and many other performers of these old songs 
>have struggled with for a long time. To add one more unbelievable title: "I'm 
>Just An Alabama Nigger" was a real song that was so accepted at the turn of 
>century it was actually performed by an operatic star. How do you explain
>highly offensive language today? The answer is, you can't. I 
>hope someone comes up with a better answer than either change it or drop
it. A 
>lot of great American stage music sits unplayed.
>Dan (piano fingers) Spink

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