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Editor:

Two words for Gene Casella who just proclaimed the electric guitar an aberration: Les Paul. He was an electric guitar innovator and, with his musical partner Mary Ford, did some stuff that you'd love, jazz and country mostly. Being the world's oldest man as you seem to project yourself, you've probably unknowingly heard them. Paul didn't play the type of extended guitar "shredding" you referred to. I'm not wild about any extended solos in group work, whatever the instrument and Gene. Bubbie. Any musical instrument is dangerous in the hands of the unskilled. Ever hear a kid practice violin? Or heard a "skronking" saxophone? That's when the sax player foolishly decides that the audience would love hearing the highest note the player can blow with the most distortion played at the highest volume possible without passing out and held for as long as Houdini could stay under water.

Jazz guys tend to do that but not the tasty ones. You love saying that you don't even know what the late night talk show audiences are laughing at. Why? Because it makes you sound sophisticated and aloof. "Cool" if you will. You don't get the jokes because you have no idea what's going on in the world except when some kid fails to thank you for a purchase, so you declare that today's youth is "on pot" and lacks basic manners, a charge that can be easily dismissed by merely going into any of the shops on Glen Street and encountering all the bright eyed, smiling millennials who're happy to take your order or sell you whatever and never fail to let you know they were happy to do it. And products tend to improve, Gene. Think cars were better then than now in terms of safety and reliability?

Al Scoonzarielli, Moreau

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