Followers of Be Bop Wino will be aware that I've been revamping quite a few old posts with new scans and more in depth writing. The improved versions have been appearing at the top of the blog as new posts while the original versions have been sent to the great digital trashcan in the sky. The post on The Five Keys and The Nitecaps is an example of such a post.
While I've been trawling back through the nether regions of the blog in search of posts to improve, I've become aware that it's all a bit chaotic and substandard back there, so I've embarked on a programme of improving every post that can be improved and leaving many of them in situe - back at the original date of posting. This means that the chronology of Be Bop Wino will be partly preserved - it's been going three years now - and also readers' comments will be left intact.
Some posts will still be revamped and moved to the top of the blog in order to bring related posts closer together. I will also continue to post new material as often as I can.
So here is the first update report. The first two posts (September 2007) have been completely rewritten. The very first post was rather self importantly called "The Be Bop Wino Manifesto." When I reread it I was amused to see that I intended to post "only" 4 or 5 times a week! Once a week is enough, I think. That first post is now called "They are not long, the days of wine and roses" which is a fairer reflection of my current outlook on life. The new title was inspired by a post on Una Medianoche Clara on the decadent poet and confirmed absinthe drinker Ernest Dowson.
The second post "Stompin' At The Savoy" has been rewritten with new scans and new links. I have added an extensive section on recommended CDs which continue the theme of the original cassette - the mixing of tracks which many people mistakenly think of as belonging to two incompatible genres - bebop and rhythm and blues. Roy Carr and Billy Vera in particular deserve credit for breaking down the artificial walls of musical genres.
Quick links to rewritten posts:
"They are not long, the days of wine and roses"
"Stompin' At The Savoy"