Saturday, 21 July 2007

Testing...

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And as this test post has attracted a Comment, what can I do but put in some Content?




First a thanks to David McMahon at Authorblog for organising his weekly Blog Awards which, amongst other things, brings together a collection of seventy-eight (at the moment) very different and interesting blogs which I endlessly browse around... idler, me? Why, not at all, erm...

Second, the sun has just put in an appearance, the sea is jade and turquoise, and here is Louis Armstrong in 1933 playing "Tiger Rag" - because it is a Happy Day today!


As well as putting on the fireworks, Armstrong is the most sensitive accompanist I can think of. Here he is with Billie Holiday in "Farewell to Storyville" (1947); his backing, as usual, gives me goosebumps.


Storyville was the red-light district of New Orleans, shut down in 1917. Several of the great jazzmen learned their trade in the bars and brothels there.

And - well, why not - here is a beautiful "West End Blues" from 1955.


Joie de vivre!

7 comments:

david mcmahon said...

Hi Chertmeister,

Slight error in the Weekly Blog Awards - but it was corrected about 20 minutes after I posted it.

You might be interested in theupdated version.

Let me know

Cheers

David

Wickedred said...

Well - I want to say something all snarky and sarcastic, but I can't so much as your post just made my day a better place to be. I guess it IS happy day today. Merci...

Chertiozhnik said...

Hi David, we were cross-commenting there, which is fun!

Chertiozhnik said...

Well I felt pretty grouchy this morning, Wickedred, but a few minutes of Satchmo and I was away on a pink cloud. Glad you liked it!

x said...

Never that stuck on Satchmo but Billie Holiday! Just felt inspired to listen to Don't Explain and others again.

Chertiozhnik said...

Yeahh! Billie Holiday tooooo!
I'm all full of enthusiasm today.

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