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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hearing Børge Ring Play

Makin' Whoopee! played by Børge Ring in 1978.

This music means a lot to me! It was the opening of the March 1978 tv program called "Aan de Grenzen" (On the Borders) by Veronica tv presenter Tineke Vos, about Børge Ring's animation and Jazz music, and his wife Joanika's scuptures. It presented a film that was just finished called "Oh My Darling" before it went across the globe, winning the Jury Prize in Cannes and an Oscar nomination, to boot.

This was the very first time I heard of Børge as animator/film maker. Previously, I only knew that he drew a comic strip "Distel" for the magazine "Sjors." At the end of the program it listed among other things the town where Børge lived then, and to my surprise, it was only some three miles away from where I (then a 16 years old High School kid) lived, so I boldly called him up and asked if I could meet him, wanting to learn all I could about animation.

[From Wikipedia: "Makin' Whoopee!" is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!. Walter Donaldson wrote the music and Gus Kahn the lyrics for the song as well as for the entire musical.]
This is the beginning of the song, 58 seconds. Tineke asks Børge: "What do all Jazz musicians have in common?" to which he answers "Love for Jazz."

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Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

Interesting - was it Borge Ring playing the acoustic guitar theme or that was someone else?

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 1:11:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Børge played guitar and bass on his short films. On 'Oh My Darling' he had a fellow named Boy van Hattum playing drums (and doing the voice of the boy), while on 'Anna & Bella', Jan Huydts played synthesizers. He had two keyboards, both analog pre-1984 ones (a Sequential Profet 5 for a full sound and an ARP Omni-2 for spot effects and riffs, I seem to recall), so it is always quite clear when it is Børge or Jan playing.

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:38:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

Ths was wonderful. Thanks for sharing it. I listened to it four times over. A real treat for a Saturday morning.

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 5:35:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

This probably sounds late and that you must be busy around this time - but are chords available?

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10:12:00 AM PDT  

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