Peaches For Zappa
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by Steve Provizer
1M ago
 In honor of Frank Zappa's birthday, here are my lyrics to "Peaches En Regalia" (every note). ENSEMBLE 1 Too lifelike to destroy, That fruit can bring you joy. Let’s put those peaches en regalia; March proudly with them, Watch them walk down the street. Please won’t you let them pass by safely; Don’t spit on them and don’t eat their little feet. On a melba float, you can gloat, As you proudly cheer: “Let the peaches vote,” they can quote, Shakespeare, they’re sincere, You won’t feel remote, if you note, How they wave to you Just as if you were the proudest parents who had raised t ..read more
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Taking the Sting out of Climate Change: "Summertime"
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by Steve Provizer
5M ago
  If I'm to be dragged into the fires of Hades while I'm still alive, I'll take this one along. Originally composed as a recurring aria for "Porgy and Bess," It's been taken in a wide variety of tempos and re-harmonized in some pretty radical ways. Yet, probably because of the strength of the melody, it retains its, well, Summertime-i-tude. All credit to George Gershwin and lyricist DuBose Heyward. There's a widespread notion about Gershwin having been influenced by a Ukranian song. Wikipedia says:  "The Ukrainian-Canadian composer and singer Alexis Kochan has suggested t ..read more
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The Worst Xmas Tunes
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by Steve Provizer
2y ago
This is not to knock the idea of hearing songs befitting the season. There are some that retain their charm despite being in heavy rotation decade after decade-mostly the religious ones, not the secular ones, although "The Christmas Song" as sung by Nat King Cole and Judy Garland's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are hard not to like. The fact that the ones I list below are still disturbing the ether is beyond me. And why didn't "(Everyone's Waitin' For) the Man With the Bag" and "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" get more traction? Even the best efforts of the Institut ..read more
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Stormy Daniels: Super-Heroine
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by Steve Provizer
2y ago
Stormy Daniels: Space Force      If you're basing a comic book and an animated cartoon series on a sex scandal, who are you gonna choose for your hero? Will it be the always frisky ex-Presidential contender Gary Hart? Jerry Falwell, Jr. and his ménage a trois? What about basing it on humiliated family values and abstinence crusader Representative Mark Souder?    The eventual winner, it turns out, easily outpaces Hart, Falwell, Mills and their tawdry peccadilloes. For that heroine is none other than Stormy Daniels, adult film star and real-life antagonist of a man easi ..read more
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New Orleans, Lost and Found
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by Steve Provizer
2y ago
With another extreme weather event bearing down on New Orleans, it seemed like a good time to re-visit a little bit of Crescent City Jazz history: Musicians One-Nostril Clyde Toothpick Willie Joseph 'Vaseline' Brunelle Clyde 'Ofal' Pivnik L'il Chicklets Big Sluice Leroy 'Creampie' Shavely Melatonin Slim Rufus 'Cutacle' Scaline Buzz The Flea Girdle and Griddlecakes Duffy(Siamese twins) Oleander 'Sniffles' Zampa Two-Crack Max Figgis Langdon 'Crabcakes' Beaudoin Joints Sweetie Pie's Monodrome Mamie's Mantis Hideaway Queen Lillie's Nectar trap Pookie's Natural Foods Betty's Both-Ways Cabaret ..read more
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Music and Political Agita
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by Steve Provizer
2y ago
One thing both Biden and Trump voters seem to agree on is that there’s a lot at stake in this election. The degree of partisanship itself signals how much everyone is worried about the results. Of course, the more partisan you are, the more likely you are to believe that only your side has due cause for concern. The degree to which you accept the idea that someone on the other side has a right to be concerned is the degree to which you accept them as fully human. If you can take a breath and step back from this combative environment, you’ll see there’s kind of an ironic symmetry in this situa ..read more
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Music Biz Post-COVID
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by Steve Provizer
2y ago
The future of the music industry is very uncertain. Everyone's crystal ball is cloudy, but   I would refer people to my commentary HERE. Your comments on that page are welcome ..read more
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Jazz Snacks for the Pandemic
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by Steve Provizer
3y ago
Jazz fanatics are particularly egregious eaters-too busy listening to pay much attention to food. I believe this array of sweet treats will satisfy even the most ludicrously undeveloped jazz palates. Jack the Gummy Bear Junior Cook Mints Chick Webb-lets Almond Joy Spring Twix Beiderbecke Pete Jolly Ranchers Tootie Heath Bars James Reese Europe Cups Bit-O-Honey-In-The-Horn Bentyne Chewing Gum Charleston Chew Chasers Baby Dodds Ruth Wee Dots Good and Plenty o' Nuthin' Eddie Lock-Jaw Breakers Milk Dud Bascombs Jeepers Creepers Where'd You Get Those Peeps Pez Prados So, spin your wax of Bill ..read more
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Covid-19 April Fool’s Prep Kit
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by Steve Provizer
3y ago
Five Great Bagpipe Songs to Play On Your Balcony For Your Neighbors Hand-knitted fingerless mittens Zorro Protective Mask   Mao Tse Tung Substitute Toilet Paper (“Don’t squeeze the Chairman”) Social Distancing Enforcement Device TV Snacks for the Sports-Deprived Covid-19 Testing Kit (unlimited supply) And, an Exemption for Dr. Anthony Fauci: No more surprises on April Fools Day ..read more
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Great Pre-1930 Jazz Tunes
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by Steve Provizer
3y ago
I solicited the favorite pre-1930 songs of the Hot Jazz Records (1917-1931) Facebook group and this is what that knowledgeable group of folks came up with. It represents an enormous variety of music, ranging from "dance" to "blues" to "hot." People will know some of the names in the list, but I'm sure many more individuals and bands will be unfamiliar. Do yourselves a favor and check out what these musicians have to offer. All of the songs on the list are available online. They are in no particular order. 1.     Oreste's Queensland Orchestra-When The Morning Glories Wake Up In ..read more
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