They said it couldn't be done. Okay, I said it couldn't be done. Starting this Saturday, I will be posting 12 new blogs in 12 days. Yes, that's about a quarter of what I did in 2012. It sounds crazy but it will happen.
In late January 1933, Louis recorded a bunch of great songs for Victor. My first thought was to take the lazy way out and make an anniversary post on two of them I had already written about, "I've Got the World on a String" and "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues." But then I got inspired and thought about doing the entire first, six-song session. And then I got more inspired and kept going and going and going.
At that point, I turned to that time-honored weapon of democracy, Facebook, and asked how people would prefer this: one of my jumbo blogs about all 12 songs (like the recent one I did on Louis's 1938 Decca session) or should I do them one at a time. Some folks argued for getting it all at once but the majority wanted them in small doses. Since I'm a man of the people, I'm honoring that request.
I've already written all 12 pieces and they're backed up and ready to post automatically at midnight, beginning on Saturday, January 26 and going straight through, one a day, until February 6. And somewhere in there, I'll hit my 500th post....couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the anniversary!
So be back on Saturday and don't go anywhere else for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if you need something to get you to Saturday, Louis recorded"Song of the Islands" on this date in 1930. Back in 2010, I wrote an 80th anniversary post on the subject and it still holds up. If you, like I, are living in frigid weather, this will warm you up. Enjoy!
Song of the Islands
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