My Various Hobbies...
I know y'all have been pining to know exactly what I mean in my profile when I state that I like "any piano boogie-woogie."
Here's a great example of a piano boogie-woogie. (If the ending is unsettling, remember that it's been sequenced that way so it can be repeated seamlessly as background music.) And I could listen to the background boogie on this all-piano midi site all day long.
I also enjoy ragtime piano and bluesy piano and gospel piano -- really, any piano music with swing, rhythm, and feeling to it.
Why do my thoughts wander to the Blackwood Brothers? Because, dear hearts, many of the piano accompaniments on the old Blackwood Brothers albums were played as if a boogie-woogie could break out at any moment. I enjoy the sound of the piano as much as the harmonies of the Brothers.
I suppose the great pianist, Wally Varner, who played with the Blackwood Brothers in the 1950's and 60's came out of the same sorts of Southern influences that produced the piano-playing cousins: Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart. (Jimmy Swaggart fell into disgrace as a TV evangelist, but he could play the piano -- no one can deny that!)
The 50's and early 60's were great years for the Blackwood Brothers with Wally Varner at the keyboard and J.D. Sumner singing bass. If you ever get a chance, listen to the stereophonic sound of their early 60's recordings with headphones so you can experience J.D. singing deep, deep bass into your ear. He usually seemed to be on a separate channel from the other quartet members.
I'm wandering from the topic, so it must be time to quit.
Piano Tuning -- My piano.
Playing the Piano -- Why I admire people who can play the piano.
I Love A Piano
The Piano Bar
Piano Roll Midi's
Elvis and the Blackwood Brothers -- Only vaguely related, but an interesting short read if you're not already aware of the relationship.
And of course you already know that J.D. Sumner and the Stamps were back-up singers for Elvis during the 1970's and that James Blackwood and J.D. Sumners sang at Elvis's funeral (as did Jake Hess also.)