Friday, September 30, 2005

New Orleans--The Birthplace of an American Original--p2

Buddy Bolden was a little crazy. New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen. The Big Easy was anything but easy, though it was very unique setting of pain diversity, and depth. Many say that Buddy Bolden was the father of Jazz. It is said that he "played so forcefully that his trumpet could be heard all over New Orleans. Given the fact that there is little documentation of the man himself, much less his music, this was thought to be just another Crescent City Myth. But was it? New Orleans, after all, lies below sea level, and it has acoustical properties like those of an echo chamber. Add to that the lack of cars and similar distractions at that time, and maybe the stories about Bolden sticking his cornet out of the club to alert the town to his presence really are true." This jazz genius and early originator of improvisation, in 1906 he was committed to an insane asylum. Sometimes I wonder if God can be known outside of sub-par conditions, echoe chambers and a little bit of insanity. It seems to me that Jesus is bending his ear, listening for those who cry out to him out of the echo chambers, the pain and craziness of life. Remember the crazy man who lived in the caves, crying out...Jesus heard him, walked on water across a lake and thorugh a storm just to get to him? (Mk. 5) What a Theomoment that was. (quotes from Loren Schoenberg)

2 Comments:

Blogger voixdange said...

"Sometimes I wonder if God can be known outside of sub-par conditions, echoe chambers and a little bit of insanity. Sometimes I wonder if Jesus is listening for those who cry out to him out of the echo chambers, the pain and craziness of life."

I am certainly hoping that He does...

5:30 AM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

Angevoix returns! Did you get your computer fixed...hows school?

Since your a bit of a French lady, I was wondering what your take might be on my post before this one concerning French society and New Orleans.

5:36 AM  

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