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Dec 31, 2021 11:08:32   #
manning5 Loc: Richmond, VA
 
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had the time to listen to my nice collection of DVD’s, not just as background music but seriously listening all the way through. I have even replayed my favorites over and over. Of the many genres I have played, I have settled on just a few. First of all, at this time of life I seek happy forms in order to create a pleasant mood. This more or less rules out many forms of music, especially classics, and love-lost themes among others.

Then too, relaxing music sends me to sleep, which is not the idea. So, after listening to perhaps 40 or 50 discs, I settled on a few genres: Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Hispanic, piano and swing, for maximum happy mood-setting. Just now I have a record playing from Pete Fountain with Al Hirt when they finally managed to get together for a session.

My other obsession is with excellent trumpet playing, with the likes of Harry James, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Spivak, Manfred Mach, Tony Fisher, and Maynard Ferguson. Mach and Fisher were the principal trumpeters for Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra, which I rate way up there, as it, too, mostly had a happy sound.

Later on, when I feel saturated with the happiness crowd, I switch to piano players, and they cover all kinds of themes. One of the happy players is Floyd Cramer, with his “slip-note” or “bent-note” style. But I can’t stop there, I also love Roger Williams, Ronnie Aldrich, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, to name a few.

In the past few years, I have discovered Spanish Guitar playing, and have enjoyed Luciani, Peter Mathers, and especially Armik. These guys are really special to me, and they evoke memories of the Costa del Sol and Flaminco dancing.

Finally, for so many reasons, I just have to resort on occasion to the world of swing, with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Charlie Spivak, Vaughn Monroe, Stan Kenton, and a host of others. They, and the big band sound, are all but forgotten today, it seems, but not by me!

They all bring happiness!

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Dec 31, 2021 11:42:46   #
Coos Bay Tom Loc: coos bay oregon
 
Sir--They say music can calm the savage beast and you are so right. I play the native American flute and there have been times when I have played to pastured farm animals and found them gathering close to listen. That made me very happy.

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Dec 31, 2021 11:59:54   #
skyrider
 
Coos Bay Tom wrote:
Sir--They say music can calm the savage beast and you are so right. I play the native American flute and there have been times when I have played to pastured farm animals and found them gathering close to listen. That made me very happy.


Not only animals, but plants are very positively affected by good music. Most think I'm nuts but plants are
also directly affected by a persons attitude towards them. Back in the 60s, a study at the University of Maine ,
showed clearly that this is true.

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Dec 31, 2021 12:05:58   #
skyrider
 
manning5 wrote:
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had the time to listen to my nice collection of DVD’s, not just as background music but seriously listening all the way through. I have even replayed my favorites over and over. Of the many genres I have played, I have settled on just a few. First of all, at this time of life I seek happy forms in order to create a pleasant mood. This more or less rules out many forms of music, especially classics, and love-lost themes among others.

Then too, relaxing music sends me to sleep, which is not the idea. So, after listening to perhaps 40 or 50 discs, I settled on a few genres: Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Hispanic, piano and swing, for maximum happy mood-setting. Just now I have a record playing from Pete Fountain with Al Hirt when they finally managed to get together for a session.

My other obsession is with excellent trumpet playing, with the likes of Harry James, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Spivak, Manfred Mach, Tony Fisher, and Maynard Ferguson. Mach and Fisher were the principal trumpeters for Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra, which I rate way up there, as it, too, mostly had a happy sound.

Later on, when I feel saturated with the happiness crowd, I switch to piano players, and they cover all kinds of themes. One of the happy players is Floyd Cramer, with his “slip-note” or “bent-note” style. But I can’t stop there, I also love Roger Williams, Ronnie Aldrich, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, to name a few.

In the past few years, I have discovered Spanish Guitar playing, and have enjoyed Luciani, Peter Mathers, and especially Armik. These guys are really special to me, and they evoke memories of the Costa del Sol and Flaminco dancing.

Finally, for so many reasons, I just have to resort on occasion to the world of swing, with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Charlie Spivak, Vaughn Monroe, Stan Kenton, and a host of others. They, and the big band sound, are all but forgotten today, it seems, but not by me!

They all bring happiness!
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had t... (show quote)


Quite right Manning. The music of yesteryear is most certainly not forgotten by me either. In fact, from the insanity of todays world, it is the most effective escape, and I travel there frequently.

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Dec 31, 2021 12:13:21   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
manning5 wrote:
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had the time to listen to my nice collection of DVD’s, not just as background music but seriously listening all the way through. I have even replayed my favorites over and over. Of the many genres I have played, I have settled on just a few. First of all, at this time of life I seek happy forms in order to create a pleasant mood. This more or less rules out many forms of music, especially classics, and love-lost themes among others.

Then too, relaxing music sends me to sleep, which is not the idea. So, after listening to perhaps 40 or 50 discs, I settled on a few genres: Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Hispanic, piano and swing, for maximum happy mood-setting. Just now I have a record playing from Pete Fountain with Al Hirt when they finally managed to get together for a session.

My other obsession is with excellent trumpet playing, with the likes of Harry James, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Spivak, Manfred Mach, Tony Fisher, and Maynard Ferguson. Mach and Fisher were the principal trumpeters for Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra, which I rate way up there, as it, too, mostly had a happy sound.

Later on, when I feel saturated with the happiness crowd, I switch to piano players, and they cover all kinds of themes. One of the happy players is Floyd Cramer, with his “slip-note” or “bent-note” style. But I can’t stop there, I also love Roger Williams, Ronnie Aldrich, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, to name a few.

In the past few years, I have discovered Spanish Guitar playing, and have enjoyed Luciani, Peter Mathers, and especially Armik. These guys are really special to me, and they evoke memories of the Costa del Sol and Flaminco dancing.

Finally, for so many reasons, I just have to resort on occasion to the world of swing, with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Charlie Spivak, Vaughn Monroe, Stan Kenton, and a host of others. They, and the big band sound, are all but forgotten today, it seems, but not by me!

They all bring happiness!
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had t... (show quote)

Maynard Ferguson. What a flashback, what a band. By pure chance I was fortunate to sit in with his band at a jazz festival in 1975. My most favorite playing memory is one night, two sets, as part of the Carmen McRae combo at The Blue Note in NYC. Once again by chance. Let the music fill your soul. Enjoy.

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Dec 31, 2021 12:24:34   #
manning5 Loc: Richmond, VA
 
JR-57 wrote:
Maynard Ferguson. What a flashback, what a band. By pure chance I was fortunate to sit in with his band at a jazz festival in 1975. My most favorite playing memory is one night, two sets, as part of the Carmen McRae combo at The Blue Note in NYC. Once again by chance. Let the music fill your soul. Enjoy.


JR what instrument did you play?

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Dec 31, 2021 12:39:30   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
manning5 wrote:
JR what instrument did you play?

Sax

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Dec 31, 2021 12:56:38   #
manning5 Loc: Richmond, VA
 
JR-57 wrote:
Sax


Melodious, Down and Dirty, or ...

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Dec 31, 2021 13:29:23   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
manning5 wrote:
Melodious, Down and Dirty, or ...

It would depend on the band I was playing with. Desmond, Coltrane, Shepp, Newsome, et Al. From the age of 16 until 40. My then wife threatened divorce if I didn’t stop playing. Sold my horns to resist temptation and quit. She divorced me one year later. I played with dance bands, polka bands, jazz combos, rock / soul bands, blues groups, big bands, studio gigs, and even a Chicago (the group) cover band. I’d adapt my style to suit. Never did settle on my own style. Probably the reason I never “made it”. I was an impersonator. 😂

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Dec 31, 2021 14:05:51   #
manning5 Loc: Richmond, VA
 
JR-57 wrote:
It would depend on the band I was playing with. Desmond, Coltrane, Shepp, Newsome, et Al. From the age of 16 until 40. My then wife threatened divorce if I didn’t stop playing. Sold my horns to resist temptation and quit. She divorced me one year later. I played with dance bands, polka bands, jazz combos, rock / soul bands, blues groups, big bands, studio gigs, and even a Chicago (the group) cover band. I’d adapt my style to suit. Never did settle on my own style. Probably the reason I never “made it”. I was an impersonator. 😂
It would depend on the band I was playing with. D... (show quote)


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I love a good sax sound, and from what you say you must have had it in all genres! I hear you though, that is one hard thing to achieve. Today, it seems that there are even less opportunities than back in the big band era.

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Dec 31, 2021 14:25:13   #
JR-57 Loc: South Carolina
 
manning5 wrote:
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I love a good sax sound, and from what you say you must have had it in all genres! I hear you though, that is one hard thing to achieve. Today, it seems that there are even less opportunities than back in the big band era.

It’s been 24+ years since I played and I still miss it. Especially when I hear live music. I enjoy and appreciate all genres.

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Dec 31, 2021 15:29:51   #
manning5 Loc: Richmond, VA
 
JR-57 wrote:
It’s been 24+ years since I played and I still miss it. Especially when I hear live music. I enjoy and appreciate all genres.


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One memory I have is the time when people used to dance together...each decade they seem to dance further and further apart! Now they just dance alone, it seems!

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Jan 1, 2022 10:26:43   #
Big dog
 
manning5 wrote:
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had the time to listen to my nice collection of DVD’s, not just as background music but seriously listening all the way through. I have even replayed my favorites over and over. Of the many genres I have played, I have settled on just a few. First of all, at this time of life I seek happy forms in order to create a pleasant mood. This more or less rules out many forms of music, especially classics, and love-lost themes among others.

Then too, relaxing music sends me to sleep, which is not the idea. So, after listening to perhaps 40 or 50 discs, I settled on a few genres: Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Hispanic, piano and swing, for maximum happy mood-setting. Just now I have a record playing from Pete Fountain with Al Hirt when they finally managed to get together for a session.

My other obsession is with excellent trumpet playing, with the likes of Harry James, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Spivak, Manfred Mach, Tony Fisher, and Maynard Ferguson. Mach and Fisher were the principal trumpeters for Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra, which I rate way up there, as it, too, mostly had a happy sound.

Later on, when I feel saturated with the happiness crowd, I switch to piano players, and they cover all kinds of themes. One of the happy players is Floyd Cramer, with his “slip-note” or “bent-note” style. But I can’t stop there, I also love Roger Williams, Ronnie Aldrich, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, to name a few.

In the past few years, I have discovered Spanish Guitar playing, and have enjoyed Luciani, Peter Mathers, and especially Armik. These guys are really special to me, and they evoke memories of the Costa del Sol and Flaminco dancing.

Finally, for so many reasons, I just have to resort on occasion to the world of swing, with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Charlie Spivak, Vaughn Monroe, Stan Kenton, and a host of others. They, and the big band sound, are all but forgotten today, it seems, but not by me!

They all bring happiness!
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had t... (show quote)


Having an eclectic ear is a wonderful thing. I’ve a few hundred cd’s ranging from Beethoven, Bach, Strauss, through Pink Floyd, B-52’s ..etc. with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra (and the rest of the rat pack), Jazz, Dixie Land, and just about everything in between.
Just no rap, hip hop, or Disco.!

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Jan 1, 2022 13:57:08   #
The Ms.
 
manning5 wrote:
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had the time to listen to my nice collection of DVD’s, not just as background music but seriously listening all the way through. I have even replayed my favorites over and over. Of the many genres I have played, I have settled on just a few. First of all, at this time of life I seek happy forms in order to create a pleasant mood. This more or less rules out many forms of music, especially classics, and love-lost themes among others.

Then too, relaxing music sends me to sleep, which is not the idea. So, after listening to perhaps 40 or 50 discs, I settled on a few genres: Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Hispanic, piano and swing, for maximum happy mood-setting. Just now I have a record playing from Pete Fountain with Al Hirt when they finally managed to get together for a session.

My other obsession is with excellent trumpet playing, with the likes of Harry James, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Spivak, Manfred Mach, Tony Fisher, and Maynard Ferguson. Mach and Fisher were the principal trumpeters for Bert Kaempfert’s orchestra, which I rate way up there, as it, too, mostly had a happy sound.

Later on, when I feel saturated with the happiness crowd, I switch to piano players, and they cover all kinds of themes. One of the happy players is Floyd Cramer, with his “slip-note” or “bent-note” style. But I can’t stop there, I also love Roger Williams, Ronnie Aldrich, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, to name a few.

In the past few years, I have discovered Spanish Guitar playing, and have enjoyed Luciani, Peter Mathers, and especially Armik. These guys are really special to me, and they evoke memories of the Costa del Sol and Flaminco dancing.

Finally, for so many reasons, I just have to resort on occasion to the world of swing, with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Charlie Spivak, Vaughn Monroe, Stan Kenton, and a host of others. They, and the big band sound, are all but forgotten today, it seems, but not by me!

They all bring happiness!
Since becoming a bachelor-by-default, I have had t... (show quote)


Agree!!!! Listen to music 24/7. Earbuds are best tech invention!🎶🎼🎵

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Jan 2, 2022 00:01:28   #
okie don
 
Check out Eroll Garner.
Jazz pianist.
A true legend...

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