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Last year, Moran worked on a project that arranged Fats Waller’s music for a dance party, “Just to kind of put it back in the mind that Waller is dance music as much as it is concert music,” says Moran. “For me, it’s the recontextualization. In music, where does the emotion lie? Are we, as abstract as a Charlie Parker record gets us into a dialogue about our emotions and our thoughts? Sometimes we lose sight that the music has a wider context,” says Moran, “So I want to continue those dialogue. Those are the things I want to foster.”


Teachers, the paragraph is very difficult for me to understand. Especially the sentences underlined.I think the main idea is that Moran wants to have more dialogues about the meaning lying the music. I am not sure. Please help me understand them. Thank you!
 

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The third bold sentence doesn't make sense. Either some words were left out of the quote, or the speaker lost the thread of the sentence.

Fats Waller would have been stunned if someone had accused him of writing "concert music".
 

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Last year, Moran worked on a project that arranged Fats Waller’s music for a dance party, “Just to kind of put it back in the mind that Waller is dance music as much as it is concert music,” says Moran.

Some people think that Waller's music is just for listening to at concerts. The writer wants to remind people that it was originally dance music.

(remind = re-mind = put back in the mind)


For me, it’s the recontextualization.

You might have noticed that here at UsingEnglish.com that we often ask students to put their questions in context. The context of Waller's music has changed over the years - that it, it's been recontextualized. Once it was dance music, now it's concert music. The writer wants to recontextualize it again by treating it as dance music.


In music, where does the emotion lie? Are we, as abstract as a Charlie Parker record gets us into a dialogue about our emotions and our thoughts?

The grammar is poor there, but the gist is that Charlie Parker's music is for our minds and emotions (you can't dance to it), while Waller's was meant to be physical (you can dance to it).


Sometimes we lose sight that the music has a wider context,” says Moran, “So I want to continue those dialogues. Those are the things I want to foster.”


Teachers, the paragraph is very difficult for me to understand. Especially the sentences underlined.I think the main idea is that Moran wants to have more dialogues about the meaning underlying the music. I am not sure. Please help me understand them. Thank you!

Yes, sort of. Moran is talking about the purpose of music. Is it to make you dance? Think? Fall in love? Party? Charge into battle? Meditate?

Moran is pointing out that how we use music changes and feels its important to remember a tune's original purpose and context.

In Waller's case, the context was saloons, brothels, and dance halls, and the purpose was to make people get up and dance.
 

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Yes, sort of. Moran is talking about the purpose of music. Is it to make you dance? Think? Fall in love? Party? Charge into battle? Meditate?

Moran is pointing out that how we use music changes and feels its important to remember a tune's original purpose and context.

In Waller's case, the context was saloons, brothels, and dance halls, and the purpose was to make people get up and dance.

Charlie Bernstein, Thank you very much! I had asked the teachers around me befor I asked here, but nobody knew about it. You are really a careful, knowledgeable, helpful teacher. I have learned a lot from you!:-D
 

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I would have guessed Ain't Misbehaving or Honeysuckle Rose. But somehow I've never learned Write Myself a Letter - I'll dig it out!
 
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