Music Literacy on a Saturday

I’ll see Peter Robinson’s Gene Krupa “Sing, Sing, Sing” and raise him one Duke Ellington “Cotton Tail,” although I prefer the faster-tempo version of the latter that Ellington recorded with Louis Armstrong.
Speaking of Armstrong, Robinson posted an email from a reader who cited a duet of his with Danny Kaye (“When the Saints Go Marching In,” I believe) with reference to the literacy that the pair exhibited. One would be hard pressed, I believe, to argue that we haven’t dumbed down the popular culture in the decades since those two entertainment giants roamed the Earth. Isolated instances have persisted, of course; Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” comes to mind.
I’m sure there are more recent examples, but my drift toward fogeyism leaves me unable to cite them.

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12 years ago

Economics news:
From Irving R. Levine to Jim Cramer and Neil Cavuto. Now there’s some serious dumbing down.

12 years ago

“Jim Cramer”
The guy is all over the map. Presumably, people find him entertaining. But he needs to hold up a can of glue or otherwise signal when he has finally reached a position on a matter that he is going to stick to.

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