[Dixielandjazz] Query on a couple songs.
verbose at daktel.com
Sun Nov 22 19:57:51 PST 2009
As part of the Community Concert Series in this town we had the stride
and ragtime piano player, Paul Asaro a couple nights ago. He had good
taste in his selections for the concert and the execution thereof. On
one of the James P. Johnson numbers, he posed a question that I don't
believe he expected to get an answer about in this relatively small, out
of the way town in N.D., but perhaps one of the DJML members has an
If he is not a member of the DJML, I could probably get the answer to
him if one is forthcoming. either on or off list.
The title of the song is "Blueberry Rhyme." As part of his patter
between songs he mentioned that for about 2 years now he has been trying
to find out if there was a meaning behind that title? He had not found
one yet other then perhaps that James P. liked blueberry's. This was
said in jest of course. It was a serious playing, however. Very nice.
If there is anyone on the list that knows anything about this title, let
For my own information I would like to know if there is a definitive
answer on whether the Willie "The Lion" Smith's composition is titled,
as Paul gave it in the program, "Echoes Of Spring" with the plural or
as I thought I heard it titled as simply "Echo of Spring".? Either way
it is always an enjoyable number at any concert.
Perhaps the best part of a Paul Asaro concert is that he does not just
stick with the tried and true like Maple Leaf Rag, but some of the more
obscure songs by the "stars" of ragtime and stride.
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