No way to depict every hit song, writer or performer during this era. Hopefully, you will leave today with a feeling, a heart-to-heart, gut feeling about the life & times of the 20s.
Are you ready? Let's ROAR... Ever heard the expression Riding On A Rail? Its meaning here will be quite different than than depicted in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Nothing painful. No kind of punishment. Just excitement like riding a mono-rail roller coaster for the first time. You know...exhilarating! With music comes natural rhythm which in turn leads to body movement...really hard to listen to the music of the Roaring 20s without wanting to dance the night away! Thus, a burst of newly invented dances came about in this era.
One cannot enter or leave the Jazz Age with mention of the flapper. The 1920s brought with it significant changes in lifestyle and culture, especially on the part of the woman. Judging from the savoir faire hailed by the flapper, fashion, radio, music and dance were all culturally connected. Whether she always did the right thing might be debatable but the flapper certainly aired a confidence unsurpassed for the times...a rebel flaunting contempt for what was considered acceptable behavior.
Enjoy a taste of the music and dance within an excerpt from Awakenings...
Embracing all styles modern
Appeared the fashionable flapper
Short sleek hair, shapeless shift dress
NOT often referred to as dapper
The flapper was a bird out of a cage
Typifying the reckless rebel spirit
Who danced the nights away in the Jazz Age
What about Louis Armstrong? His name was mentioned in the beginning and he IS an integral part of 1920s music. He relished an active music career from 1914 to 1971 but came to prominence in the 1920s as a result of his musical inventiveness with the trumpet and cornet. He is known as The Jazz Original carrying with him the nicknames "Satchmo" (short for "Sacthelmouth" referring to the size of his mouth) and "Pops" (his humor and positive disposition made people around him feel good). He will always be remembered as one of the most influential artists in the history of music with lyrics and sound still going strong well into the 21st century.
|Louis Armstrong's stage personality matched his flashy cornet and |
trumpet playing. Armstrong is also known for his raspy singing voice.
His raspy voice reverberated with a charismatic air in much the same manner as his trumpet playing. Both grabbed the listener with a sound typical of being right there in the heart of New Orleans. He lived the worst of times, the best of times but none of the times without music.
He began to scat sing (improvised vocal jazz using non-sensical words) and recorded "Heebie Jeebies" in 1926. This new type of jazz was hailed across the country by both black and white musicians. He is considered the most important improvisor in jazz and taught the world to swing. His infectious, wide grin won the hearts of people everywhere.
How would you like To Live In The 1920s?
What captures you the most about life in the Roaring Twenties?
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times. . .