Shipwrecked
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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues on 02.22.08

My recent request for help with my spam problem was a success, so I’m asking for some more tech help – Is anyone using WP- Mint – Popular Posts? I would like to track my downloads per file, something dreamhost doesn’t offer, and all the Mint plugins for download track use a php script that also prevents the songs from being saved – only streamed. If I could this mint popular post plugin working, at least I would know which posts people are reading the most, and hopefully also download the song the most, not ideal but at least I’d get some idea of what ya’ll are downloading. I have the plugin pointed at my Mint database – but I don’t know what to do from there. My WordPress theme isn’t widget aware is that the problem?

I recently discovered this Sara Martin track – Shipwrecked Blues and it’s unlike any Sara Martin song I’ve heard before. She sings in vaudeville pitch and the song has lots of strange pauses and breaks – and is only minimally backed up by a solo piano. The pace of the song is also really strange – it’s very rocky – side to side much like a ship making it hard to follow, not to mention Martin who is normally very clear mumbles and slurs her way through some of the stanzas and she also reaches for the higher notes (and does some awful rolling of them), something not typical of her style at all. It makes me wonder if this is her at all. Thoughts?

Sara Martin – Shipwrecked Blues (1926)

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By Edith Frost on 02.22.08 1:58 am

Huh. Well I don’t use Mint but I’m reading the instructions for it… looks like you just need to put the PHP code-snippet into your template, wherever you want the list of popular posts to appear. You could make a new draft page and test it out there until you get it looking the way you want. The PHP code is listed under “Usage” — but watch out, it looks like his quotes got converted to curly-quotes. So fix that, and fill in your blog name if you want that text stripped from the list. There are other parameters you can play with, particularly the include_count one… uhh… you might wanna drop me a line if you need help with the code for all this (not that I can guarantee anything!). It won’t render if I try to post it here.


By Cooljack on 02.23.08 3:50 am

I really don’t listen to enough of the early female blues vocalists such as Sara Martin and Alberta Hunter. I have to say that this is a really nice song It has a very similar melody to a hym I remember singing when I was in primary school.


By patrick on 02.25.08 11:51 am

wow thats some deep chit. i love the strange pauses and sort of jaded style


By Ralph Wondraschek on 01.23.13 5:49 am

Hi,

you said: “the song has lots of strange pauses and breaks – and is only minimally backed up by a solo piano. The pace of the song is also really strange – it’s very rocky – side to side much like a ship making it hard to follow, not to mention Martin who is normally very clear mumbles and slurs her way through some of the stanzas and she also reaches for the higher notes (and does some awful rolling of them), something not typical of her style at all. It makes me wonder if this is her at all.”

As the original OKeh 78 which Johnny Parth used for the Document CD (which surely is the source of yours) is mine, I have the following to remark:

when I did the transfer of my 78 to tape, I did not do any filtering, but preserved all of the high frequencies.
Alas, Gerhard Wessely, Document’s sound engineer, found it necessary to heavily filter the sound, resulting in very uneven reproduction (under a certain sound level, EVERYTHING is filtered away (hiss AND music)), so the result is but a travesty of the original sound – a huge disappointment !
Listening to my original OKeh 78, I find no reason at all to doubt the presence of Sara Martin.

Ralph Wondraschek
Heidelberg, Germany


By Joel B. O'Sickey on 12.01.16 2:54 am

Hello Ralph,

Do you happen to have a copy or transfer of the following records?

Original Georgia Five:Oh Sister, Ain’t That Hot/Wild Papa Oly/Maj 1445

Original Louisiana Five:San/The Hoodoo
Man Lyra/Pur/Tri 11413

Joel B. O’Sickey




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