1930s jazz

WHAT A GAL! - 20s & 30s girls singing about girls.

i. liza lee - the boswell sisters  / ii. sweet jennie lee - grace johnston / iii. mary - annette hanshaw / iv. dinah - ethel waters / v. when i take my sugar to tea - the boswell sisters / vi. ramona - ruth etting / vii. hard to get gertie - esther walker / viii. red hot mama - the brox sisters /

l i s t e n ! & feel free to like or reblog if you enjoy.

Jean-Paul Sartre on Jazz

While reading Sartre’s famous existentialist work ‘Nausea’ (published 1938), I came across the lines below, and thought they would be worth sharing. It is the main character’s description of a succession of notes in a piece of Jazz he hears whilst in his local café. In the scene he is transfixed by everything he perceives around him, and is intensely focussed on even the most inconsequential details of his vision and hearing.

“There’s no melody, only notes, a host of little jolts. They know no rest, an unchanging order gives birth to them and destroys them, without ever giving them time to recover, to exist for themselves. They run, they hurry, they strike me with a sharp blow in passing and are obliterated. I should quite like to hold them back, but I know that if I managed to stop one, nothing would remain between my fingers but a vulgar, doleful sound. I must accept their death; I must even will it; I know few harsher or strong impressions.”

The piece of music in question is a recording of Shelton Brook’s ‘Some of These Days’, although which particular one is not made clear in the text. In any case it is an intriguing insight into the perspective of one of France’s greatest writers on Jazz.


French Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Style Interior of the SS Normandie. 

Designer Marin-Marie gave an innovative line to Normandie, a silhouette which influenced ocean liners over the decades,

SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat; she is still the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

During World War II, Normandie was seized by US authorities at New York and renamed USS Lafayette.

On 9 February 1942, sparks from a welding torch ignited a stack of life vests filled with flammable kapok that had been stored in the first-class lounge and the fire spread rapidly. 

The ship was stripped of superstructure and righted in 1943 in the world’s most expensive salvage operation. She was reclassified to an aircraft and transport ferry on 15 September 1943 and placed in dry dock the following month.

Lafayette was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 October 1945.

She was cut up for scrap beginning in October 1946 at Port Newark, New Jersey, and completely scrapped by 31 December 1948.


Been playing this on repeat for most of the day…

Habits - Vintage 1930’s Jazz Tove Lo Cover ft. Haley Reinhart