19 May

Other than singing in the shower and occasionally whistling, I have no musical talent or education.  However, I remember someone telling me around 45 years ago that “boogie-woogie” was simply a musical style where a piano (rather than a base guitar or some other musical instrument) carried the base.  

This video sounds like boogie to me.

This guy’s good.

video    00:05:23


Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Music, Video



13 responses to “Boogie!

  1. frank moormansky

    May 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Bass not base

    • Adask

      May 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      As I wrote, I’m not educated about music. Thanks for the correction.

  2. Jim on Oregon

    May 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    WOW! That made my day. That young man is one in a hundred million. Thanks, Al.

    Interesting to watch the apparent non-reaction of those of other cultures standing around. If they can be oblivious of such talent and energy and uplifting stimulation, it is no wonder that our people are not capable of being peacefully compelled to accept and embrace mandated “multi-culturalism”. Why are we always the targeted “culture” that must blend with theirs? We are not created the same. We all know this. This is just a teeny little example. Leave us the hell out of their “political-correctness” agenda!

    Sorry to digress….that comment just took on a life of its own.

  3. Adask

    May 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I thought the same thing when I watched. That piano player is great. The audience, however, is largely afraid to show its appreciation.

    I saw the same thing in the 1990s when I hosted Citizen for Legal Reform meetings at Dallas. I’d introduce a new speaker, step off the stage, go to the back of the audience and sit down. Whenever the speaker hit one of “hot lines,” I’d applaud. I’d be the first to applaud. I’d keep on applauding until the rest of the audience joined in. I was always amazed at how inhibited the audience was about applauding. Nobody wanted to take a chance on being the first to applaud and being ridiculed by everyone else.

    They were literally afraid to applaud, even if they liked something.

    But once somebody started applauding then they rest of the audience would follow. More the audience would be delighted to find themselves applauding with others–it gave them a sense of “community” and “communion” and they escape their isolation and inhibitions.

    We wound up having the biggest legal reform group in the country–in large measure due to my own willingness to clap my hands from time to time, and keep clapping until the others joined in.

    This audience reluctance to applaud wasn’t unusual or previously unknown. When we had live TV in the 1950s and 1960s filmed before a live audience, the producers had “laugh” signs and “applause” signs in the studio to cue the audience (who would otherwise sit in stony silence rather than risk being the first to applaud or laugh at the people on stage) to risk applauding or laughing.

    The average man’s and woman’s refusal to stand up, speak out, or even applaud is one of the reasons this nation is heading down the pipe. If the people were willing to 1) think; and 2) speak out, we’d have crushed most of our problems almost as soon as the started. We are condemned to servitude by our silence.

    Amazing, isn’t it? Most people would rather accept bondage than risk speaking out–especially in public.

  4. Johnny Jazz

    May 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    My Father, who taught me Jazz/Swing Guitar phasing, played this Exact Style, Boogie Woogie. I am 65 & Dad passed away in 2003 at 74, (years) This Is Jump Up & Shout, or “Can’t Keep Feet Still!” music.

  5. bobby90247

    May 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Yeah, pretty cool! My best friend from childhood used to play the accordion/piano and could play the “boogie woogie” like that, even better…now that I think about it! Listening and watching this guy reminded me of my friend. NOW, I realize “just” how good he really was (is?)! He moved away ’bout 40 years ago and we lost contact. :(

    Brings back some “fond” memories of…”childhood!”

    Thanks for posting this!

    Brightened my day!!!

  6. henry

    May 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    It looks like the people are waiting for a train. Who paid for a piano to be put in a train station? Tax dollars? Obviously this guy loves to play the piano and is very good at it. How often would such a person come across a public piano? On my last trip to Turkey, I saw a working piano in the street car that I was in. I was tempted to play something on it but I thought I would be annoying the other passengers. But then again I’m not in the same class as this guy. I wonder if anyone complained about this guy like they would do if he was playing the same tune on boom box.

  7. Felipe

    May 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Thanks Al! I really enjoyed watching that, and the young man really looks like he was having a blast, that really made my day to watch, someone having fun while practicing their talent.

    I wonder how many hours of hard work he has been practicing his craft, but by the look of it he really has been enjoying himself with all that practice!

  8. Joan of Arc

    May 20, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Al, you have the gift of appreciating the talents given by God to His children. I have a degree in music and I don’t care if you spell it base or bass. Frank Sinatra could not read music and he made more money in a day singing than I’ve made in my life as a trained musician.

  9. oldnfo

    May 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy… :-)

  10. Mel Metzler

    May 25, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Just arrived home a few hours ago from watching / travel / to see the Indy 500!
    This is sooooo neat to hear and see even if the crowd is soooo indifferent to him playing
    Finish my glass of wine and then off to get a late LITE meal.
    Mel Metz


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