Exactly one year ago today, on May 27, 2015, Old Time Blues first came online with our own take on WordPress’ built in “Hello World” post, featuring KWKH’s own W.K. Henderson. The reason for creating such a thing was to share my love for history, and my phonograph records, with anyone who might happen to be interested. It seemed more worthwhile to spend all that money on records if I was going to share them with the world.
I contemplated for quite a while what sort of record (or something else) would be appropriate for such an occasion, but I couldn’t come up with anything, so here I am at the end of the day with nothing but words, and not even a whole lot of those (plus that one picture up there at the top). Nevertheless, I cannot let such a moment pass by without some form of commemoration, so as Fats Waller would say, “here ’tis.”
Before bringing the site online, I spent a long time contemplating what to call the project. Eventually, I came across a 1921 jazz composition by Johnny Dunn called “Old Time Blues”, played by Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, and somehow the title fit, so I bought the record, which became the de facto theme song of the site. I purchased the domain, and took care of the formalities on May 26, 2015, and in the wee hours of the next morning, Old Time Blues finally came to life.
In the coming year, expect to see more of the same, but I also have some other features planned, which I hope to increase to enough frequency to compete with the records in the foreseeable future. These include more “Spotlight” features, which I have been neglecting recently, more reviews similar to my look at 1922 Dickies, and plenty more related to music, vintage clothing, and elder times in general, which I surely hope will be enjoyable.
More than anything else, I would like to take a moment on this anniversary to say thanks to all the fine people who take the time to look, read, listen to, and hopefully enjoy the stuff I post here. It’s your interest that makes it worthwhile, and I sincerely thank you all for your patronage.
Regular programming shall resume imminently…