Well, it’s been a long time since my last entry. I guess people have figured out the pattern that when I’m busy with something else, I neglect to update the site or devise more content. Because music is the main theme of this site, the current situation throughout the Gulf Coast Region affected by Hurricane Katrina is a relevant issue. Besides my personal ties to friends and their families in the area (Shaun, Ilsa, Charlie, Bob - my thoughts are with you), the city of New Orleans has been a such a vital part of music–more than I ever realized.
French plantation owners allowed slaves to delve into the arts and music. These musicians became part of life in New Orleans–performing in marching bands for parties and parades, and even in an all black symphony orchestra formed in the 1830s. The musical heritage of New Orleans led to the development of the traditions of jazz and blues.
The early traditions of jazz usually go unrecognized for their influence in the recording industry. Early recordings were limited by the duration (3 minutes) and fidelity of the 10-inch 78 records. Artists, like Louis Armstrong developed compositions and performance techniques that worked around these restrictions and developed ‘really old-school’ dance records. Vocal Artists and lyricists developed blues recordings in a similar manner which established vocal stylizing and formats that have lasted through the century. There is a connection between these traditions and current electronic/dance music, and the heritage of our DJ Culture can be traced back to New Orleans.
So next time you’re downloading that ripped album, think about that 10 to 20 bucks you saved and perhaps send it along to the American Red Cross or some other worthwhile charity helping out those in need. (crap…you’re probably immune to guilt tactics