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The Birth Of The Blues

Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (vocals: Jack Fulton), 1926.

Fra Broadway musicalen "George White's Scandals Of 1926"

(B.G. DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)

Paul Whiteman var en af sin tids største jazzmusikere og bar tilnavnet ”The King of Jazz”. Sangen The Birth of the Blues var i flere år Paul Whitemans signaturnummer:

 

Oh! They say some people long ago

were searching for a different tune.

One that they could croon

as only they can.

 

They only had the rythm so

they started swaying to and fro.

They didn’t know just what they had

and that is how the blues really began.

 

They heard the breeze in the trees

singing weird melodies.

And they made that

the start of the blues.

 

And from a jail came the wail

of a down hearted frail.

And they played that

as part of the blues.

 

From a whippoorwill out on a hill

they took a new note.

Pushed it through a horn

‘til it was born into a blue note.

 

And then they nursed it, rehearsed it,

and gave out the news

that the southland

gave birth to the blues!

 


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Morgengry i forstaden

Intet er mere blegt end forstadens gry;

Intet har jeg set i bjergenes skove

Mere fredfyldt end den brogede hjort så sky

I den støvgrønne morgen på sine klove.

Dagningen er en hvid då der ind på græsset sig vove

Mellem hæk og hus og fortov og plæne på ny,

Spiser sig mæt af mørkets buskes bær

Mens alle i byen bag gardinerne sove.

 

Træerne læner sig frem, de drømmer

Med deres døsige blades nedslagne syn;

Brune spurves muntre sange strømmer;

Dagen hun trækker i sit nyeste lin -

Den klæder sig hurtigt, gennem brisen svømmer

Lyden af fløjten fra det første tog til byen.

 

(Illustration: Zhang Ling-tao: Kvinde i morgenstunden)

 





Søren Hein Rasmussen
Christina Maria Jessen

Ying Chen
Sissel Vennike Ditlevsen
Christina Maria Jessen
Carsten Lysbjerg Mogensen
Søren Hein Rasmussen
Rikke Holst Thomsen

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