Dec 5 2008

Yiddish and Jazz

I can’t believe I didn’t know about the connections between Yidish and jazz! Very, very cool.

I’ve always loved Yiddish. It has a wonderful onomatopœia quality and each word is like a little poem capturing the essence of something.

Here’s the full radio interview, an online Yiddish/English/Hebrew dictionary and, not to be missed, the Yiddish Radio Project. Enjoy!

Added next day: Here’s a short but very interesting factual outline of the Yiddish language. הנאה האָבן!

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Jul 30 2008

Cylindrical Records

Here’s a bit of recorded music time travel for you: mp3s, CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, LPs, reel-to-reel, wire recordings, 78s, one-sided records, cylinder recordings. The latter were the standard from approx. the 1880’s to 1929. Here’s a fabulous site with over 8,000 recordings that you can listen to! To get you started, here’s a favorite of mine: Yes, we have no bananas!

 Did You Know?

Concert cylinders sold for around $5US in 1898, about $110US in 2005 dollars.

And you think CDs are a rip off!

[from the CPDP website]

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