Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Relaxing Music For Busy Times

Sometimes you just don't want to explain how movement by fluctuation leads to a field view of . More rarely, you want to, but can't. This is one of those rare times. I keep calm by listening to music, all sorts of different music.

Back in the 40's and 50's, there was a huge Hawaiian music boom. Bing Crosby started bringing over steel guitarists for his records (which is how they ended up in country music despite not at all appearing in the underlying folk tradition). The . In the early days the tradition of the steel guitar was strongly influenced by Jazz and Blues in addition to Hawaiian folk music. Of course, the recorded versions were also influenced by then contemporary pop music (again, think Bing Crosby). One of these numbers sounded to me like an uptempo version of "You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley". The greatest master of the Steel Guitar in it's infancy was Sol Hoopii, who came to the continent as a stowaway as a teenager. This video was made for distribution in churches, to keep parishioner attention they would play what were essentially little educational shorts occasionally. Sometimes they managed to record great art in the process!

That's all for today. Have Fun!

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