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Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).

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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, March 09, 2020

The State of Song.

What is it about American towns, states and cities that lend themselves so easily to jazz and popular music?

Stars Fell on Alabama has much more appeal than the Shadows' Stars Fell on Stockton - amusing as the title is.

Just about every American state and many of their cities have been immortalised in song.


Georgia on my Mind, Kalamazoo, Idaho, Indiana there must be few places in the USA that haven't had their locale put to music - New York being, perhaps - thanks to Frank - the most predominate one.

However, there are also songs like Moonlight in Vermont, Chicago, You Came Along Way From St. Louis, Memphis in June, Louisiana, New Orleans and so many more that make America seem to be so much more romantic than maybe it really is (gun laws, racism, Trump...).

Let's face it, I Left my Heart in San Francisco has more appeal as a title than I Belong to Glasgow or Dear Old Donegal although Dear Old Stockholm runs Frisco close - particularly the Stan Getz version (Standanavian).

So, the challenge is for our readers to offer UK song titles - either existing or made up - that compare with any of the above. The proviso being that they include the name of a town, city or county and, please don't include the geographically incorrect Durham Town!
Lance

PS: Jarrow by night has a regular fight...

1 comment :

Oliver Morse said...

Head over Heels with the Girl from South Shields
Byker Belle
A697 (the Road to Heaven)
Ryton Rag
There's no place like No Place

...etc...

Loving the blog...

Oliver

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