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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!