Hello to all, I am finally writing again after the unfortunate
results from my last posting. On eBay there is an "A" roll produced
by Play-Rite that has the number 8-84. It is a composite roll with
the following songs:
Ragtime Cowboy Joe, Prisoners Song, Nola, Under the Double Eagle,
Twelfth Street Rag, Smiles, My Blue Heaven, Golden Slippers,
Parley Voo, Good Old Summer Time.
Do any of you have this roll and can you tell me the origin of the
arrangements that are on it?
I was greatly disturbed by the diatribe against the Connorized roll of
the Twelfth Street Rag. Now there are some things that I do not like
but I am not about to write a long dissertation as to why I think it's
bad. What I think is bad or poor _many_ others think is "out of this
world". I myself prefer more lively fare and think that the Connorized
12th St. Rag is the greatest arrangement on rolls even if it is
punch-space-punch-etc. That type of music is why I got interested in
mechanical music and continue to be so interested after 50 years of
life. Now this writer does a fabulous job of promoting player piano
music, we need more like him, but we do not need to tear down each
others preferences in order to promote our hobbies and loves.
I do admit that I was dropped on my head as an infant and perhaps that
is why I like the more metronomic type of music. I also like plain and
unhealthy food and will continue to eat it until I depart. Keep those
rolls playing, no matter what you like and if I can help you get what
your hearts desire I will be glad to do so but do remember that most of
what I have is metronomic and repetitive in style and that's what I like.
Highest regards to you all, young and old,
Jerry F. Bacon