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My Dear Departed Past: Includes 20 Recordings of Frishberg Classics

My Dear Departed Past: Includes 20 Recordings of Frishberg Classics

by Dave Frishberg


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(Book). If you attended public school in the United States between 1973 and today, odds are you've heard Dave Frishberg's songs just see if any of these Schoolhouse Rock classics ring a bell: "The Number Cruncher," "Seven Fifty Once a Week," "Dollars and Sense," "Walking on Wall Street," "Hardware," and, of course, the classic "I'm Just a Bill." Of, course, Frishberg is much more than the writer of beloved civics-minded ditties he's also the brilliant lyricist and composer behind well-known songs including "Peel Me a Grape," "I'm Hip," "My Attorney Bernie," "Blizzard of Lies," and "Van Lingle Mungo," a top-flight jazz pianist, and, sardonic wit in tow, an exemplar of American ideals. From his boyhood and university days in St. Paul, Minnesota, to his Air Force service in Salt Lake City, and then on to his life as a pianist and songwriter in New York City and Los Angeles, My Dear Departed Past is a pointed, poignant, sagacious look back on a fascinating career in music at the height of the jazz scene and a storied life flush with wit, imagination, and good humor. For Frishberg, an internationally-known jazz pianist, songwriter, and lyricist, it all began in his WWII elementary school days. Mentored by his brother, Mort, seven years his senior, Dave discovered the music of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bing Crosby while listening to Mort's 78-rpm records. For good measure, Mort also taught Dave how to play boogie-woogie and blues on the piano a musical indoctrination that perfectly sharpened the younger Frishberg's musical tastes and laid the foundation for a lifelong love of music and the camaraderie of musicians. In this book populated with colorful characters especially the brilliant jazzmen and women he played with in iconic clubs and studios during the scene's heyday Dave brings his stories of being on the road and his experiences in the music business vividly to life. While My Dear Departed Past is a must-read for jazz aficionados, it's just as suitable for anybody who ever wondered about the composer behind those classic tunes singing the praises of active citizenship and financial security. This book includes online access to recordings of 20 Frishberg classics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495071300
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 615,205
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xi

1 The Dear Departed Past 1

2 Do You Miss New York? 33

3 Peel Me a Grape 75

4 I Want to Be a Sideman 105

5 Too Long in L.A. 115

6 Dear Six 149

7 Schoolhouse Rock 153

8 The Hopi Way 163

9 Van Lingle Mungo 169

10 Matty 177

11 You Are There 189

12 Portland 193

Acknowledgments 195

Index 197

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