Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Youtube Watch

Someone sent in a thumbs up to the Ojai Valley News about the recent passings of blues singer Ruth Brown and jazz singer Anita O'Day.

Here's a great clip of Anita O'Day from Bert Stern's documentary, "Jazz on a Summer Day," from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. It gives you an idea of what the world has lost. Such a lovely voice from such a beautiful woman who lived an often ugly life.

Stern, a former fashion photographer, did a wonderful job of creating atmosphere in this film with his little glimpses of the audience. The woman eating her sandwich is my favorite.

Click youtube to see this video.

You may have to cut and paste the link to make it work, but trust me. It's worth it.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

A generation or two of people never exposed to artists in this and other genres, hopefully, will listen to and appreciate music of the past, much of which is better than what is being produced today.

12/06/2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Bret Bradigan said...

You Tube Watch - Part Deux

If you like roots music and America, there is no better combination than the Carter family.

This is from a family reunion with Maybelle and Sara.

As roots fan and blogger Will Divide wrote: "Whenever I feel bad about America, I think of the Carter family."

Check out the casual, cool guitar playing of Maybelle in this clip. Notice how she picks out the melody on the bass strings and the rhythm on the treble strings. This method was called "the Carter Scratch." It's fingerpicking good.

This song was originally written as a musical satire about the McKinley assassination and the crowds that gathered around the train carrying his body from Buffalo to Washington, D.C. The Carters turned into a song about eternal departures.

Again, you may have to copy and paste the link into your browers, but it's well worth the time.

12/07/2006 2:17 PM  

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