lherault at bu.edu
Wed Jan 10 09:05:56 PST 2007
I whistle all the time, much to the annoyance of some around me. I also
hear music in my head, which is good. It drowns out the little voices that
are telling me to do evil things 8-). FWIW, I'm almost 60 years old.
From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com
[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Larry Walton
Entertainment - St. Louis
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:48 AM
To: 1-DIXIELAND JAZZ POST; Steve Barbone; pat ladd
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Whistling
Just an aside - does anyone hear anyone whistling anymore? When I was a kid
in the 40's a lot of people whistled. I know I did and when I think about
it I can't remember the last time I heard anyone.
I remember too how much it annoyed me when the person was whistling out of
tune or aimlessly. So maybe it's a good thing after all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "pat ladd" <pj.ladd at btinternet.com>
To: "Steve Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
Cc: "jazz" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 4:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] What happened to Jazz?
> No more difficult then humming or playing Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" t>>
> Theres a thought Steve, when was the last time you heard someone whistling
> in the street? I always whistle, anything, from DYKWIM to Misty to Miss
> Jenny`s Ball but I must admit I get some strange looks.
> This of course maybe because I have a full band playing in my head and I
> only whistling a part, or maybe because I don`t whistle very well.
> What would the modern youngster whistle? There are no tunes which I can
> discern in the stuff I hear on the radio.
> Not sure about the timing of the demise of jazz. Perhaps it was different
> the States. I can never remember OKOM as being a main stream radio genre.
> Here, by the early Forties when I was 11 or 12 years old, the main music
> on the radio was `dance music` Henry Hall, Geraldo, Cyril Stapleton etc
> then the `real` swing bands began to take over,under the influence of the
> American Big Bands, The Squadronaires, Joe Loss, and so on. Again this
> music for dancing. Dance Halls were full every night of the week. There
> plenty of small groups still working and I was attending Sunday afternoon
> concerts listening to, Vic Lewis, Harry Gould, Nat Gonella, Ray Ellington
> Bop emerged and split the ranks and a good slice of the music became to
> clever to whistle or dance to. There was a lot of experimentation, Kenny
> Baker and his AfroCubists and so forth but never really big.
> The big jazz revival came along with Acker, Lightfoot, Ball, and then it
> went to hell. There was still work playing the `old` dance music but it
> no longer the main stuff on the radio.
> There are still dozens of jazz (OKOM) bands playing in the UK , more per
> square mile than in the States I suspect, but it is mainly club gigs and
> festivals. Festivals are well attended but few youngsters appear.
> Thats my take on it . Probably way off beam. Exit stage left.
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