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post Jun 9 2016, 11:13 PM
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As I read the music guide . . .

“(There’ll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover”

The official resource guide just throws out a mention of this song written by “two New Yorkers” and then lists three singers associated with the song: Kate Smith, Glenn Miller, and Bing Crosby and actually includes a link to the Bing Crosby cover. He/she does not mention the most famous version by Vera Lynn, which is really odd. I like Bing Crosby, but his version sounds too idyllic for my tastes. The song is NOT about pretty little bluebirds flying over England. The song was written a year after the Battle of Britain and is referring to the members of the RAF who wore nice blue uniforms and were sometimes referred to as bluebirds. If the author felt compelled to throw this title out there, at least mention why it was important, as well as the names of the composers, Walter Kent (music) and Nat Burton (lyrics).

And, on a more comical note . . .

The author goes on to reference Mel Brooks' parody of Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

Original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xpKeabZlEs

Mel Brooks' version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81ICJywqwg




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post Jun 10 2016, 09:03 PM
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Love how USAD always seems to find the rights to the wrong music, somehow...


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post Jun 11 2016, 06:16 PM
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I always figured that USAD got knock offs of songs and the "wrong" songs because it was cheaper to get the rights for them.


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post Jun 13 2016, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE (Allan21996 @ Jun 11 2016, 01:16 PM) *
I always figured that USAD got knock offs of songs and the "wrong" songs because it was cheaper to get the rights for them.


^^^ TRUTH ^^^

Probably explains all their go-to for John Cage stuff... people are probably giving away the rights to that stuff.


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post Jun 23 2016, 08:57 PM
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This year's official Music Resource Guide does not even mention Louis Armstrong. It talks about the Blues, Jazz, Swing . . . and no mention of Satchmo!


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post Jun 29 2016, 10:08 PM
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The official Rhapsody in Blue recording stops about a quarter of the way through; evidently USAD only paid for for part of the rights . . .

They've done this in the past--only giving excerpts of pieces, which is inexplicable to me. I understand only taking a movement of a symphony or a quartet, but to just up and stop partway through a selection is goofy. Even if they want to limit the study to one part of the piece, it seems only appropriate to include the entire selection.


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post Jun 30 2016, 12:45 AM
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QUOTE (acadecker @ Jun 29 2016, 05:08 PM) *
The official Rhapsody in Blue recording stops about a quarter of the way through; evidently USAD only paid for for part of the rights . . .

They've done this in the past--only giving excerpts of pieces, which is inexplicable to me. I understand only taking a movement of a symphony or a quartet, but to just up and stop partway through a selection is goofy. Even if they want to limit the study to one part of the piece, it seems only appropriate to include the entire selection.

Luckily, the piece isn't exactly difficult to find for those that would be interested in hearing more... Though the decision is silly nonetheless.


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post Jul 2 2016, 10:05 PM
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I recommend for funsies "You Can't Get That No More" by Louis Jordan. Song about rationing during WW2, and Jordan always puts a fun spin on his songs.


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