Music is an integral part of the curriculum in all schooling. Whether it’s the fifth-graders square dancing in the gym, the high school orchestra rehearsing classics, or the university jazz ensemble, they all bring light.
In that spirit, I present two YouTube clips that whimsically illustrate the point. The first is the imperishable Swedish singer Alice Babs in her Ella-influenced turn in SWING IT, MAGISTERN (Swing It, Teacher) which has every cinematic stereotype of swing imaginable — but Miss Babs is wonderful, isn’t she? And you don’t have to know Swedish to swing it!
I had read about this performance a dozen years ago in one of the great Czech writer Josef Skvorecky’s novel-memoirs — he sat through this film over and over to see this sequence. Considering what was happening in Europe in 1940 and onwards, I understand wholly. I think that Miss Babs helped win the war.
The second clip is odd — but for those who find it both painful and amusing, it lasts only seventy-five seconds. JUST FRIENDS is one of the great songs from the early Thirties, with beautiful records by Red McKenzie and, twenty years later, Jack Teagarden.
But for pure emotional impact, can either of those men equal Tommy “Butch” Bond in THE LITTLE RASCALS belting it out in a 1933 short, MUSH AND MILK? Not a whimper of false modesty or stage fright here:
Talk about believing in yourself and in your material!
P.S. In case you might wonder at the banner below (Tommy is past being interested in money, alas, although I am told Miss Babs is alive and well in Sweden) it refers to previous postings concerning the JAZZ LIVES cyber-tip-jar for living musicians. Information available on request!
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