[Dixielandjazz] Music slang "rock"
donsno2 at charter.net
Thu Jun 24 14:43:39 PDT 2010
On Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:07:39 -0700, you wrote:
>While looking into research about "Milenburg Joys", I noticed that
>the lyrics start with "Rock My Soul".
>These lyrics were written in 1923 or so. In those days what did the
>verb "rock" mean? Slang dictionaries on line didn't give an answer.
>What other lyrics to jazz songs of the 20s use the term? Anybody
>know something about this? Is it an antecedent for the current use
>of the word to define a musical genre?
"Rockin' my soul in the bosom of Abraham" *could* have been jazzed but
someone else will have to give us a reference if it has. I suspect
the soul in the spiritual was being rocked like a baby being
comforted. There's no comfort in today's rock, far as I can see. :-)
Of course, there're always alternate takes. Some nowadays comments
seem to make it "Rock o' my soul," which would make it more of a safe
Old age is when you start saying "I wish I knew now what I knew then."
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