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March 26, 2010


Here's the clip from "The Jazz Singer" -

Watching this again, I was struck by something. Jolson is made up in blackface, like a typical minstrel show performer, but in his delivery, he doesn't use the typical caricatured stereotypes. He is hammy and melodramatic, but that was his style and the style of the age. The blackface is almost perfunctory, a nod to audience expectations. It certainly seems unconnected with his actual performance of the song.


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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