Leslie and I differ musically a little. But what I love about creative people like Leslie, is their ability to change and adapt fast, I mean it’s something awesome to behold. It’s using creativity in a very charismatic way. I’ve acted more as a guide than a participant on this one. Leslie (and I) have come up with something you’d be a really boring killjoy not to enjoy, it’s fun AND it’s Christmas’ey 😀
This is the second in my “Team Charisma World People” guest blogger series. Leslie’s done a fine job of converting my musical specification into something far more amazing than I’d ever imagined. A very very fun and light hearted piece from Leslie and “the gang”. I did laugh out loud quite a few times.
… and Leslie, your son with the shades a perfect compliment to dude from the tune I sent you 😀
I DO HONESTLY LOVE IT – IT’S EVERYTHING I DREAMT OF AND MORE
Leslie is swo8 – Blogger and Jazz musician and one of the coolest seniors I know. She’s been a regular contributor to my blog, over the past few months. Her Charisma paying off in the form of me guest-blogging her right here, today, Christmas eve.
What it’s about :
Topic : Christmas Party Rag – codename “Charisma Blues”
Style : Jazz/Blues/Folk fusion music
Guidance : I’ve dabbled a little in making music myself, and DJ’ed for a year or so, many moons ago. However I’m not intimate with the musician’s creative process. So my best guess was to describe my musical tastes to her, and offer a sample song as an inspiration. Jazz is an emerging genre for me, Blues and a little Folk already feature in my collection. I like Dance music of most styles, particularly House, the more uplifting the better. Soul, Motown, Pop, Rock, Metal, Ska, Reggae Rap, Hip-hop and others also grace my iTunes collection. I have a job remembering my complete list of genres …
The song I chose as an inspiration is “Rent Party Rag” a Blues/Folk tune by Spider John Koerner, from his début 1965 album “Spider Blues”. The song is for me lovely in it’s simplicity – guitar, kazoo and a new york dude singing the story of a rent party. A “one man band”, a simple honest “rag”. It’s over 10 minutes long, which I thought was too long for our production. So I suggested Leslie make it 2-5 minutes – more like the length of a standard pop tune. That way kids and people with ADD can enjoy it too !
Our hope – to produce an entertaining light hearted piece of music, with a Christmas Party Rag theme. GO Team Charisma World People 😀
We’ve rushed to publish/release before Christmas, ALL THE STOPS PULLED OUT ON THIS ONE. Could be that the kids love it too … do let us know if your kids are dancing around to it !
So without further ado, I give you Leslie and “the gang” – swo8 :
“Don’t Diss Your Moma” by swo8
“Rent Party Rag” by Spider John Koerner
I’m including here the original piece of music that I shared with Leslie (Rent Party Rag) as inspiration/suggestion. I couldn’t find it on youtube, so I specially uploaded for you, so you can hear it too …
(ERRORS AND OMISSIONS EXCEPTED … Stock photos courtesy of Pixabay. Graphic designs (c) 2014 DonCharisma.org, all rights reserved)
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