Tuesday, October 20, 2009



Here's a YT video (below) that's a lot like an old silent movie. It talks about the 1920's as an era of prosperity, prohibition and fashion. It also has a great soundtrack. I always wondered where the term "flappers" came from and now I know thanks to this production by Sandra. Music by Duke Ellington and the Dixieland Jazz Band.

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  1. Helen Kane (the original Boop-A-Doop girl) always sounds fresh. That's My Weakness Now (sung during the hair bobbing scene in Flappers, above), is one of my favorites of hers.

    A contemporary singer who does Helen Kane very well (as well as other vintage tunes)Ginger Pauley, often plays the Cicada Club in L.A., & can be seen there in the Broadcast Archive, clubcicada.com, along with her band, The Hoosier Daddys. Recommended, especially if you like Bing Crosby, as her shows at Cicada usually include Johnny Holiday, Bing's nephew, who includes a liberal helping of his uncle's tunes in his part of the show.

  2. Difficult to imagine, but one day people will look with (retro) nostalgia at this first decade of the 21st century the same way we look back at the Roaring '20s & the Swinging '30s & '40s. And what will the soundtrack to the video explaining us sound like? Nothing that I, or most other middle aged & older persons, would appreciate, no doubt.

    So, was the music on Sandra's & the other videos not appreciated by similar demographics then, too? Was the music from the twenties that older persons enjoy now in retro-nostalgic fashion, the music of the young only, then? And will older listeners eighty, ninety years from now find the popular music of today as enjoyable & evocative of our times, too?

    Has the musical judgment of the flappers been given a stamp-of-approval by later generations, & will our popular music be similarly judged decades from now?
    And how should that make people today, who (rightly, in my estimation)take a dim view of today's popular music, feel? What's the point, when years from now people will be hosting blogs that extol the virtues of today's (as I see it) dreck?

    Or am I, & similarly inclined others, just today's fuddy-duddies who can't see how wonderful contemporary sounds are? Maybe those of us older persons who love '20s music now, would have hated it had we been adults then.