Musical Greats

Recently I have been feeling like I am an old man. I work with a bunch of younger folks. Most of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. Now granted I am not exactly old, since I am only in my mid-thirties.

This age difference has really become evident through music in particular. The music that is out there now days can at times be decent. However, I will always favor something with a little more class and a true originality to it. To me there is nothing like a good old classic sound.

When it comes to those that I consider musical great there have been a number of events that occurred this week.

To start December 12th was the hundredth birthday of the one and only “old blue eyes”, “Chairman of the Board”, Frank Sinatra. His style of music made him one of the best crooners in the world. Then there was his acting in my opinion some of the best musicals ever made during the true golden age of the motion picture era. His voice was a true gem and so distinct that you would think everyone would know who he was. I have come to learn that is no so. Several of the young folks I work with have no clue who he is. One of my co-workers admitted that they had heard the name but, had no clue who he was or what he did. Hearing this was like a dagger straight to my heart.

Then there is the disappearance of Glenn Miller on December 15th, 1944 over the English Channel. He was one of the best all time big band leaders and a trombone player. I recently went and got the chance to see his orchestra play live. Now he may not have been there to lead the performance but it was still some of the best sounding music with a lot of heart and feeling. He was taken from the world way to early and I am sure ha he not been lost there would still have been great things to come from him. Well here again I had co-workers who never heard of him. Heck they never had even heard of big band music.

With it being the Christmas season there are always a number of great Christmas tunes out there. I have always and will always be most partial to anything sung by Bing Crosby. In my opinion he is the voice Christmas. There however, is nothing better than hearing him sing White Christmas. Many have tried to sing it but there truly is none better than Bing. Plus when it comes to Christmas music every artist tries to do their own rendition of the classics and in the process end up killing great music.

Now I try to take into consideration that everyone has different feelings in regards to music. But, the basic understanding of where music has been can only help everyone better understand where we have come to. I try to live by the words of the great Louis Armstrong and think “What a Wonderful World” this could be if we all actually listened to and followed his words of advice. Granted one co-worker thinks that Louis sounds horrible and does not like the music because of it.

It has been many years since I was in a high school classroom let alone a music course. But, that is where I learned some of my appreciation for different types of music. Granted I had a number of outside influences as well such as my family. I was always told by my mother that I was born 40 years too late to truly hear the music as it had been intended. She also told me I had the same musical tastes as my grandfather, considering the type of man he was that is saying a lot.


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So until next week, sit back and relax with a good book.


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