[Dixielandjazz] "Dixie", and other stuff.

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Tue Mar 29 00:15:41 PST 2005

On Mar 28, 2005, at 10:19 PM, Mike C. wrote:

> Us "yankees" despise it even more;-).......

Don't know why they should - it was reported to be one of Lincoln's  
favorite tunes!  It is a part of our American culture and history  
(sorry, all of you non-USians on the list ;-)   - just as much as any  
other tune from that time. Even though my personal ancestry from those  
years was from both the South and North I can try to separate all of  
the "baggage" that has been attached to that song and perform it with  
not much pain.

I agree that it is better played in 3/4 time as it was sometimes done,  
but it is hard to convince a lot of musicians to do it that way...
AFAIK, the original music was in 2/4:  

There is another tune that , while it is not as much of an  OKOM  
standard as "Battle Hymn of the Republic" or "Dixie" might be, was  
quite as popular during and after that war and a few OKOM bands still  
play it;  "Marching Through Georgia" is a song of Yankee conquest and  
domination that even General Sherman himself did not want to hear!

If you search the internet on that title you will find all sorts of  
viewpoints about "Dixie" and "Marching Through Georgia" - it is still  
saddening that a war over 140 years ago still causes such anger (but  
that sometimes seems to be the way it is with people from any part of  
the world... )

Dave Richoux (of Louisiana and Nebraska Lands...)

> Dave Hanson wrote:
>> After working in the South for almost 40 years I can't begin to guess  
>> the number of times the band I was working with, was asked to play  
>> "Dixie".
>> Not a favorite tune for most of us "down here", so one day we decided  
>> to play it just a little different !
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