[Dixielandjazz] No need for Pessimism abounds for saving OKOM

Bert Brandsma mister_bertje at hotmail.com
Fri May 28 21:49:34 PDT 2010

I think it is not neccesairy to feel so pessimistic about the future of OKOM.The music was first recorded in 1917, almost 100 years ago and only for a short while very popular then.

Thereafter there have always been periods when things went fine, and times when business in the music went slower.The last also having a lot to do with economical and political changes. They in fact reflect in the music, think about 1929 great depression and WW2.

A very important thing the musicians should not forget, we have to stay creative!It has been a creative kind of music from the start, the big names from the early years all wrote own original compositions and had original solo contributions.That's the way the music stays healthy, and a person's mind as well.

So try to stay creative, musically, in organising and businesswise and think about how you can improve situations yourself. Then simply take actions.Not all attempts may be succesfull. But that's normal. Ellington made earlier versions of Mood Indigo and Caravan that were totally unsuccesfull musically and businesswise.Let's be happy he had the belief, trust and energy to rerecord them.
Both the records I mentioned above are very worthfull study material.On Caravans original recording the changes in the solo parts are shortened, giving you A sections very similar to : Sweet Sue, Just you!Mood Indigo originally was badly out of tune with lots of wrong notes.
Just take an example and stay creative and grow!
Kind regards,
Bert Brandsma 		 	   		  
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