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  • Tap Dancing to Mozart

    Posted by Michael Hiteshew on February 14th, 2016 (All posts by )

    Not Possible? Ridiculous you say? I thought so too, until I saw this.

    More of Melinda Sullivan below, in a very different venue…

    By the way, if you have not yet discovered Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, it’s forte is taking modern pop music and covering those songs in musical styles from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. I found out about it when one my daughters sent me a link to the video below, knowing I would like it. PMJ has become wildly successful and not only does it get tens of millions of views on YouTube, the label is selling millions of CD’s and songs through iTunes, as well as selling out concerts all over the world. YouTube is a classic case of build the capability and people will put it to use in ways you never dreamed. I also think it’s interesting (and comforting in some way) that a whole other generation is aware of the styles and qualities of music from bygone eras and is not only preserving and cherishing it, it is incorporating the best of it into their own music. I’m really happy about that. I’ve spent many happy hours paging through PMJ videos and have gotten immense pleasure out of many of them. Vaudeville meets the modern world.

     

    4 Responses to “Tap Dancing to Mozart”

    1. Grurray Says:

      I never thought about it before, but tap dancing along with Mozart makes a lot of sense.

    2. Robert Schwartz Says:

      The 1986 movie Crossroads was inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. The climactic scene of the movie is a guitar duel between the protagonist played by Ralph Maccio and the devil’s guitar player (Steve Vai). Maccio wins playing the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331, the Rondo Alla Turca.

    3. dearieme Says:

      Brubeck did a nice Rondo Alla Turca in my youth. I probably still have the record somewhere.

    4. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      DM, your comment is a good example of how much musical taste, like taste in food, varies from person to person. That is my least favorite Dave Brubeck Quartet piece.

      Here it is though. I believe this was recorded at Hugh Hefner’s Chicago mansion. https://youtu.be/j9GgmGLPbWU Gives me a headache just listening to it.

      I much prefer St Louis Blues https://youtu.be/Tm-o8GIMtHQ or the classic Take Five https://youtu.be/tT9Eh8wNMkw