[Dixielandjazz] Changed tempos for symphonic standards

Beth Villanyi bethv at portafortuna.com
Sat Nov 27 19:59:53 PST 2004

> Bill Gunter writes:
>... Other silly things . . .
> Play "Take 5" in 4/4 time and it become ridiculous but play a waltz in 
> double time and it can take on a whole new interesting flavor!

That reminds me of the story of the band that was getting ready to play for 
a wedding reception. The father of the bride approaches the leader and tells 
him his brother -  "a great tenor" - wants to sing a song with the  band, in 
particular, he wants to sing "Life is just a bowl of cherries".  But he 
wants it in the key of Bb, and he wants it played in 5/4 time.

The leader tells him they can do it, no problem.

Then the party starts and this big guy walks up to the bandstand and tells 
the leader he's the bride's uncle and he's going to sing "Life is just a 
bowl of cherries" but he wants to sing it in Bb and 5/4 time.

"No problem", says the bandleader, and they start the song. When the man 
approached the mic, he began to sing,

"Life is just a bowl of  f___ing cherries..."

Beth silly-is-my-middle-name Villanyi

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