Moanin’ Low


Another melancholy outing with Billie Holiday. Interesting thing to note, though; while to my ears this is sedentary music, in the thirties this was music for dancing. Presumably the genteel sort of dancing where partners only touched each others’ shoulders, but dancing nonetheless. Thus, the long orchestral intro of this and many other jazz numbers from the period; like the long breakdowns between verses in today’s EDM songs, it was meant to put dancers in the swingin’ mood. Now we can see how seemingly disparate musical styles have threads running between them, and while almost everything can change, certain rules still apply.

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