[Dixielandjazz] Bart

Larry Walton Entertainment larrys.bands at charter.net
Sat Oct 22 07:45:30 PDT 2005

As someone said Sacred cows make the best burgers.  The Simpson's of 
course pokes holes in our balloons all the time but in this case it is 
true observation of what many people think about jazz. 

Jazz, of course, by it's very nature pushed against the boundaries of 
music and society but in this it sewed seeds of it's own destruction by 
becoming something only a dedicated purist would listen to.  The 
complexities of the music passed a public that just couldn't handle it.  
A case in point is C&W.  The words and music are still relatively simple 
dealing with the everyday persons problems and wants.  Rap even carries 
this to another extreme.

For some reason musicians tend to think that they can play music that is 
blowing over their customers heads, that they will get rich doing it and 
that they will like it.  The wonder of it all is that these guys are 
then mystified when they lose their public.

The Simpson's either right or wrong points up the fact that jazz 
musicians haven't cultivated or educated the vast majority of the 
public.  I think I said in a post some time ago that musicians need to 
play to their audience.  It's the old line from Mary Poppins. A little 
bit of sugar makes the medicine go down.

Larry Walton
St. Louis

Jim Kashishian wrote:
> Bart Simpson said, in an episode of The Simpsons last night, that cartoons
> are the only American art form, then looked direct into the camera & said "I
> don't count Jazz...it sucks!"
> Nothing is sacred on that program!     :>
> Jim
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