[Dixielandjazz] FW: Prettiest melody contest

John McClernan mcclernan1 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 2 15:32:53 PST 2009

On Mar 2, 2009, at 4:03 PM, Jim Kashishian wrote:
> Ken Gates said:
>> Did we ever have nominations for prettiest melody in OKOM?
> If anyone is interested, here are my three nominations---
> ......and, one of his nominations was "New Orleans"
> I agree that it is a great melody...one of the best, but I have also  
> heard
> from those that go ape over chord progressions, that New Orleans is
> exceptional.  So, is it tops in melody & chord progressions, thereby
> covering both sides of the coin?
> And, was the melody or chord progression written first?  Was the  
> creation
> the chords with the melody laid over the top, or was it the melody  
> first
> with the chords accompanying it?
> Jim

... or was the chord progression of the first part of "New Orleans"  
stolen from the bridge of "You Took Advantage Of Me" or "Wrap Your  
Troubles In Dreams" ?  Is this a "chicken-or-egg" quandary?

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