Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A little respite.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Taking a little respite from posting while we tend to Charles, who fell yesterday  and broke his hip.  Surgery tomorrow.  In the meantime he is high on morphine, sweet to all the nurses, and I am spending all my time at the hospital, keeping watch, along with so many of the family who come to express their concern.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ABC Wednesday

O is the letter of the week, and stands for Oom-Pah-Pah

Oom pah pah is the rythmical sound of a deep brass instrument in a band, - usually a tuba alternating between the root of a chord and the fifth.  This is the Oom - higher instruments, such as the clarinet or trombone, play the Pah on off beats.  Oompah is popular in Germany where it is applied to polkas and waltzes and is referred to as Volkestumliche Musik

The Movie  'Oliver'  contains a rollicking version of the Oompah  in the following video.  Blogger doesn't seem to want to publish videos any more, except through Google + and I haven't figured that out, yet.  But if you click on the highlighted bits of the code it will take you to the video - at least it worked for me!!!  Fun to watch, give it a try.

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A more modern take is the playing of pop and rock songs in the Oompah style.  Two outstanding bands are Global Kryner and Oompah Brass (U.K.) who dubbed the style Oompop.

Here is a link .

Wonderful music, - hope you enjoy it!  Great for Octoberfest!

For more great O's visit here at Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday and see what's on offer.