Sunday, December 28, 2003
Woohoo. This is such a swingin' song. Benny Goodman's version of Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing), which I was amazed to find out was written by Mr. Louis Prima. Hmm. And it's got Gene Krupa playin' hard on the drums \m/ and I think the man at the trumpet solo is actually Harry James.. how can another orchestra version get any better than that? Now I understand why Goodman's band was considered the best during his time.
I read somewhere that one can actually tell if it's Harry James on the trumpet because he has his own very distinct sound. Idol ko sya sa pag trumpet. Haha. Ever since I downloaded my first James song. I liked his band right away.
Anyway. Another song I've been addicted to lately is Star Dust. Two of it. James' live version with Frank Sinatra singing, and Artie Shaw's (Would you believe that man is alive this very moment). Can't decide which is better, but no one said I should pick anyway. Heh. I'mma gonna look for the complete piano piece of that in National when I get the time.
Gotdarn jazz. Never thought I'd be listenin' to ya. Much less be crazily in love with ya.
"Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one." - the great Duke Ellington
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Friday, December 26, 2003
Bangkok was wonderful.
One thing I learned was that I better start making my life less monotonous. Well, I've made that realization many times before, but I hope this time I'll keep it in my mind for real.
That's all I have to say for now.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003
Oh, it's Cab! Sorry, just couldn't stop myself from expressing that.. he's the first image I saw as soon as I logged in. Ain't he amazing. I wish I could watch those Betty Boop cartoons featuring his music. Sounds jumpin'.
Seems like Christmas is gonna be good this year. I can actually feel the Christmas spirit. Well, semi..
Must be the music. I have Christmas CDs of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, and since just yesterday, The Rat Pack.
These once hard-to-find-on-CD-in-the-Philippines people seem to have been coming out this season. Maybe they always have been this time of year, but I was never aware. As a result then, I think I'd have more Christmas CDs than I should have.
But even outside, in public places, where they play Christmas music that's not Mr. Crosby, Mr. Miller's band, Mr. Sinatra, Mr. Martin, or Mr. Davis.. the holiday songs have never made me this happy. I think it's because of the idea that these songs from the very distant past of my dreams are still alive -- even if only once a year -- and some of them actually being written by the likes of Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen.. did Cole Porter ever write a Christmas song?
They make me feel like I'm there. That's it. That's what makes me happy. I am such a dreamer it's depressing. Hmm, contradiction there..
Although I also do like to hear the Pinoy holiday songs. I suppose it's just really a happy season for some.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
In all of his pictures that I've seen, Cab Calloway is always smiling.
It touches my heart. hehe.. It's nice to see someone cheerful all the time, even if you know he gets angry too. Like when he fired Dizzy Gillespie for spitting on him (allegedly). hehehe...
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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Hay, sa wakas! Makakapagbasa na ako ng libro, makakagawa ng apple shake, makakanuod ng Sopranos at ng sangkatutak na DVDs na noon ko pa dapat pinanuod, makakapagpraktis ng piano ng matino, makakabuo ng puzzle, atbp. (Sana kung matapos ko ng maaga tong paper sa Philosophy. Kung hindi.. edi bukas!).
Pero hanggang Linggo lang muna yan, dahil sa Lunes ay kinakailangang mag-aral muli ako (para namang nag-aral noong nakaraang linggo) para sa Rels eksaminasyon namin sa Martes. Pagkatapos ulit nun, tapos na ako! Ayan, tunay na pasko na. Hehe. Subalit may isa pang araw para sa Course Card Distribution na minsa'y nakakapagod, pero wala nang problema dun. Basta pagkatapos ng Rels, masaya na ako.
Samantala, may medyo bagu-bago na naman akong sounds. "Medyo," dahil re-discovery lamang ito, na nakakapanibago sa mga huli kong pinapakinggan na makalumang Jazz. Itong sounds ko ngayon ay yung mga tipong Braid, The Promise Ring.. ngayon ko lang napakinggan ng maayos yung blackbox ko sa Epitonic.com.
O sya. Itutuloy ko na yung aking paper sa Philosophy. Para (sana) deins na ako ma-stress mamayang gabi! at baka may magawa pa akong gusto ko..
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Friday, December 05, 2003
Kinikilig ako pag naririnig ko mga Big Band days music ni Frank Sinatra. Yung 40s nyang boses. Di ko alam kung bakit. Hahaha.
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