the last to know: django reinhardt

March 5, 2013


Am I complete music moron for not knowing of Django Reinhardt? Was it finally removing the Hansen’s “Mmmbop” from my ipod (don’t judge) that prepared a place my brain cells to receive the message of Django Reinhardt?

Django Reihhardt. Never heard of him…until about a month ago the brother of my good friend had a FB post celebrating the life and music of Django Reinhardt. That entire family has been seeping musical sense into my head since I was a kid (e.g Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan). So when I saw the post, I paid attention.

Then I started seeing ads for the Terantino film, “Django Unchained.”—what? Django? That name again.

A few weeks later I was volunteering at the Ark for the John Jorgenson Quintet performance. I had never heard of them, but had the night free to volunteer. I read the description, “gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt.” Django Reinhardt AGAIN!

I was later describing the John Jorgenson Quintet to my father–in-law and asked him if he knew of Django Reinhardt. Of course he did, as did my hipster younger sister, and then, overhearing the conversation, my 15 year old son played Djano Reinhardt for us on his iTouch—because of course he has Django Reinhardt on his iTouch. He also walks upright. Unlike some of us.

What can I say. I’m happy to be evolving.

I do now truly enjoy Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Don’t tell anyone, but I like John Jorgenson better.

Who knows how I’ll feel once I remove Hannah Montana’s “Wherever I Go” from my iPod.

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One Response to “the last to know: django reinhardt”

  1. marlit Says:

    Django – the next most popular boy’s name? I hadn’t heard of Django Reinhardt so thanks for the introduction


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