Re: EXACTLY as Written.. AKA improvised ever so slightly....
- I am reminded of my grandmother and her attempts to teach me the
music of her youth... 1908 - 1916. She had one tune in particular
that she was fond of. At the same time she was teaching me, @ 1973 (
I was barely able to toddle up to a full size piano...... ahem..)my
formal piano teacher was introducing me to Maple Leaf Rag. Also going
on at the same time, I was mesmerized by the victrola of my great
grandmother and I was listening to and trying to play such things as
Mandy, Trail of the lonesome Pine, Livery stable blues... etc.
Grandmother was of a rather Victorian upbringing... prim and
proper... with Sundays regarded as hallow. When our Sunday company
would gather in my youth, grandma would trot me out to play "her
tune"... somehow... the exact events leading up to this are a wee bit
foggy now that the years have taken their toll... I went directly
from her childhood family tune into a rather... how shall I
say... "upbeat" redition as I, in my head, was merely intermingling
the victrola music in my head with the stately tune that she had
taught me with such pride.
What i will never forget... is that after I had played... her
version... and my little addendas.. the look on her face was not only
calm... it was emotionless.. and without a bit of being impressed or
flustered. (much like the reaction I get from Perfessor when I tell
him an extremely funny joke...).. and she kindly... yet sternly...
redirected my attention to matters more to her liking.
Point of this whole quaint rambling being... my audiences, and myself
included, are in the music business for one reason.... to make people
smile... and to enjoy the framework of the composer. However we use
the composers foundation, the structure above it should be no less
than enjoyable for all.... at least in my ever so humble opinion.
-- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, Bill Blomgren
>escape...When you have something inside that demands your attention
> My thoughts: Another type of music.. written because it had to
until you write it.
>bits of the Requiem he finished), some bits of Bach.. some of
> My impression: that's the case for some of Mozart (for example the
Beethoven, and several of the others. Chopin and so on.
>Others? An exercise, a job.. or something similar. (Gotta pay for
> That's also the feeling I get listening to some of the rags.
rent and food.. write something...)
> The stuff that demanded to get out is what *really* grips me.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Larisa M. <larisa@...>
> To: EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 1:18:54 PM
> Subject: [EliteSyncopations] Re: Ragtime should be played EXACTLY
> Well, sure - but I'm not sure that someone writing music can help
> revealing their "immortal artistic soul" in the process, whether
> intentionally or not. If you're a good musician, your personality
> comes through in the music you write, regardless of whether you
> it to pay the bills or to express your artistic soul.mother",
> I think there are two levels of "intention" here; the first level is
> "why did the composer write this piece?", and the answer to that can
> be "to pay the bills", or "to give a birthday present to his
> or "to impress the chicks", or whatever. I'm not sure that theof "intention",
> performer particularly needs to worry about that level
> except as a matter of historical interest. The other level ofthis
> "intention" is "why does the piece sound the way it does? Why is
> particular note or chord in this particular place?", and the answerto
> that is far more interesting to the performer. .______________________________________________________________________
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- When I visited Brad a couple of months ago, he pointed out the
building where Brun Campbell's barber shop was located. From what I
recall, there were other businesses occupying it, but it was still
Sorry I don't remember the address or street it was on, but I am not
that familar with Venice anyway.
--- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, "Rob"
> Well, after being away from the internet for almost 2 weeks, I am
> now back among the living and have a lot of emails to catch up
> with. I think Campbell was a barber in the podunk town of Venice,
> Ca. which is where Brad Kay lives. If you locate an address where
> his barber shop was located, maybe we can check out the area when
> go over to Brad's house when you are here for the concert. It is
> STILL a podunk town :-))