Fats Waller Performing Ain’t Misbehavin’ in the Stormy Weather Movie

This video clip is an excerpt of the movie Stormy Weather from 1943. ♫♫ See piano player Fats Waller playing his song Ain’t Misbehavin’. The Stormy Weather movie includes some other jazz artists as well: Cab Calloway, Benny Carter and Bill Bojangles Robinson, among others.
Unfortunately, Fats Waller died much to soon at age 39. Most people say that was because of his unwealthy life style, since Fats Waller drank a bottle of whisky a day, smoked some reefers and ate more than five hamburgers for lunch and dinner ♫.
It is remarkable to see that all people in the movie are black folks, the musicians as well as the visitors of the joint. That’s what jazz really was at that time: music played by black musicians for all black audiences, mostly in joints like the one in the film which frequently were located in zones of tolerance outside the city centers. White people entered the jazz scene when it began look like a good business opportunity.
Fats Waller was a very prolific composer and an excellent piano player. He wrote hundreds of songs, among them Honeysuckle Rose. However, many people don’t know this great jazz piano player and even jazz music fans ignore his existence ♫♫.


Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major played by Glenn Gould and Leonard Rose

Unfortunately, some jerk removed the embed ability for this video on youtube. This happens sometimes with people full of envy who don’t want to share the videos they upload to youtube, even thought they are for sure not the copyright holders. They just don’t want other people to enjoy the music videos outside of youtube, a contradiction by itself. Youtube should offer the possibility to disallow embedding at publishing time and not only when some jerk suddenly finds out that his/her video had been republished somewhere. Why wait all the time till somebody actually uses the features of youtube and then destroy his/her work of embedding and commenting? We’re pretty sure that some of the videos which later on where disabled for embedding are not propperty of the republisher, some show a tv station logo and in these cases the corresponding tv station should hold the copyright while the republisher just happens to have a tv recording or DVD. Envy rules the world!
After all, the Music Video guide wants to help people to learn more about the vast spectrum of music beyond the typical pop stuff. We promise to find a way for you to watch this video clip of a recording from 1960 where Glenn Gould on the piano and Leonard Rose on the cello and play the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major which is catalogued as Op. 69 of this famous german composer who lived at the borderline between classical and romantic music. The tempo of this movement is indicated as Allegro ma non tropo.
This is a beautiful interpretation of the piece by both artists, despite the fact that it sometimes seems to be a piano sonata accompanied by the cello and not a cello sonata accompanied by a piano. This might be related to Glenn Gould’s particular style of piano playing but could also be the intention of the composer who in fact was one of the first composers who used to write indications regarding the dynamics of his compositions. This has to do partly with the evolution of piano constructing techniques and the mechanism between the keys and the strings which was changing at Ludwig van Beethoven’s time.
Both musicians put a lot of soul into their playing and there is an anecdote about the recording. Check that both musicians are playing out of memory. Leonard Rose knew this piece from former performances and the recording staff didn’t want to have a stand with the sheet music between the camera and the cello player, so Rose decided to play out of memory to please the producers. Glenn Gould didn’t want to look less talented and so he memorized the entire sonata the night before the recording!

Music is more than words!

Many people need to listen to the lyrics when they listen to music. Instrumental music is not their thing. That is ok but it really misses the whole point of music: a medium to communicate without words. When lyrics are involved, then these lyrics take over in the listener’s mind. Most people like a particular song just because of the words …
But music has always been more and we dare to assure that the origin of music were not the words but some kind of sound, maybe rhythmically repeated. In this case percussions or drums might have been the first musical instruments. Or maybe the wind was blowing over an ’empty’ bone of some hunted and eaten animal, producing a whistling tone. Playing around with this bone, a possible predecessor of the flute, man(kind) found out that sounds can be produced by blowing into a tube of some kind. Or maybe the string of the arrow produced sound that seemed interesting as a sound to the hunters, who knows if percussions, wind instruments or strings have been the first musical instruments?
This blog will have a section about musical instruments of the world. Whenever possible, these musical instruments will be presented to the public through video clips where the instruments are played and/or commented.

Another section will treat musicians doing what they do best: playing their instruments, both as solo performers and in the context of their band of orchestra. The musicians and bands will be presented depending on the genre or style of music they perform. One of the reasons we like blogs are the tags, they will allow the readers of our blog to navigate through our world of music by musician’s name, genre / style, period, geographical region, size of orchestra, instruments played, place of performance and many more that we hope will be helpfull for our readers.

The artists and musicians interview video clips will be another category of the Music and Video Guide. Understand your favourite musicias better and get insight into their way of thinking about the music and other issues. After all, musicians are citizens too.