- There's a discussion topic kicking off nicely over on the Bix Forum regarding the qualifications of non-musicians to offer any meaningful opinions on music. Our listmate Alex Revell, a former sideman of Chris Barber & Rod Mason, contends that the opinion of the non-executant may safely be disregarded. What do we think over here on the Yahoo RHJ Group?
Of course there are obvious howlers committed by non-musicians and critics who would struggle even to be amateur. I recall one occasion from the 1970s when Chris Barber & Kenny Ball were photographed for the press posing alongside the once-popular politician and Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. I don't know about Kenny, but colour-blind Chris that day put the music first and suppressed any problems he no doubt experienced at being seen next to a woman who sought fervently to address the fears of those anxious at the prospect of their country being overwhelmed by commonwealth immigrants. Anyway, in a press statement to go with the photograph, Mrs Thatcher publicly declared her love of jazz, especially New Orleans jazz such as that played by Duke Ellington.
- I am sure I speak for everyone associated with the RHJ list in wishing Dan all the best and in conveying our hopes for a swift recovery from surgery. Music is very therapeutic (among its many other qualities)and the discussions on this list concentrate & exercise the mind wonderfully. Mind you, Dan, they can also send up the blood pressure...All the very best; it's great to hear from you.
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Dan Van Landingham <danvanlandingham@...> wrote:
> I'm in agreement with Liam Murray;I am amazed that the knowledge those men like Pryor
> Dodge,mister Champarou have and when I do read their comments I hope I have learned
> something in terms of their own sense of jazz history.As of late,I haven't much to add in that I have been in and out of the hospital due to heart problems(I am scheduled for a sec-
> ond open heart surgery on 16 July;I am having my mitral valve replaced)so I've had other
> things on my mind.Their contributions to the RHJ are valuable in my opinion.