Hey all, I don’t know about you, but amid all the scary news coverage, sometimes one needs to hear something that will put a smile on one’s face. Maybe we can discover something new (or new to us) here.
To me, the first thing that comes to mind is one of the many MANY excellent Rags by Scott Joplin. Everyone has heard “The Entertainer” and “The Maple Leaf Rag” at some point but there are so many more. How one black American born in Arkansas shortly after the American Civil War managed to compose so many amazing pieces of music (not just Rags, though they’re the happiest) before his death in 1917 simply astounds me.
One of my favorites is “The Easy Winners.”