[Dixielandjazz] sounds of the twenties

TCASHWIGG at aol.com TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Fri Sep 23 01:06:19 PDT 2005

Seems to me I have been hearing about folks losing thier hearing 
progressively as we get older,  ahem ahem,  so how does an OKOMER that heard music in the 
twenties hear it today????   hummm    

I can't compare it because I twern't even born yet, but my ears do hear live 
instruments and they sure as heck don't sound much like what they do on any 
1920s recordings I ever heard.

I was recently at an elderly friends home who insisted on playing me some of 
his records, that had been worn out forty years ago, as was the needle in his 
turntable not to mention his $3.00 speakers he has had since 1928.

I was sitting right in front of the speakers, and heard noting but scratching 
and distortion, and very little that sounded anything like music.   While my 
friend went on and on about how great the record was and how they just don't 
make em like this anymore.  All I could say was Thank Goodness.  And of course 
smile to humor him.

Now bear in mind that this guy could buy the entire Time Life Record 
collection in Cd format from pocket change, but he would not pay $10.00 to attend a 
Jazz Society live show to hear any still alive musicians play his music because 
they could simply not ever sound as good to his ears at that old record etched 
in his 87 year old memory.
I just pour him another scotch and nod in agreement with whatever he says, 
seems to make him feel good.   And yep he thinks of me as an out of control  
smartass teenager of 61.  Who listens to crap for music.



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