[Dixielandjazz] Query on a couple songs.

Lowell Busching 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 
answer for.

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 
me know.

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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