Hoity Toity Honky Tonk


‘The first music genre to be commonly known as honky tonk music was a style of piano playing […] emphasizing rhythm more than melody or harmony; the style evolved in response to an environment where the pianos were often poorly cared for, tending to be out of tune and having some nonfunctioning keys.’  (Wikipedia)

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7 Responses to Hoity Toity Honky Tonk

  1. Maria F. says:

    It’s beautiful, well composed.

  2. Trifocal says:

    Thank you Maria 🙂 We got the piano long before we came to our present house. It was already looking well used then, so I think it must be at least 50 years old. Now it is very definitely in the honky tonk category!

    • Maria F. says:

      Oh, I see now, 50 years old. Americans would love that! As Jazz is a music genre exclusive from the U.S., isn’t it?

    • Trifocal says:

      Not sure if it is antique, but there is still a Millers Music Centre in Cambridge so that may be where it originated. This is an extract from the company history:

      ‘Miller’s Music is one of the longest established companies in Britain and is believed to be the second oldest music shop in the country, yet its foundation came about quite by chance. In 1856, hard times forced the sale of the Miller family’s grand piano to save the family bonnet shop from bankruptcy. The sale was so successful that further pianos were purchased and from this humble beginning the current company has grown.
      In the early years, Miller’s Music were leaders in new technology selling early gramophones and the cylinders for them. They produced the first truly portable gramophones which were sold in their hundreds to the forces for use in the trenches during the First World War.
      Over one hundred pipe organs were made in Millers’ own factory and many are still giving good service today. After The Second World War, the company was sold by the Miller family and was bought back only in 1953. By this time, the company was retailing all musical instruments and was a leader in the new field of electronic entertainment. It was a leader in the new field of electric organs and was also selling a wide range of record players, records, radios and televisions.The link with television went right back to the early days when Millers exhibited the first working television in Cambridge!
      In 1966, the company was sold again to Mr. (later Sir) David Robinson, the well-known philanthropist and founder of Robinson College, Cambridge. The company returned once again to the original Miller family in 1974 and the present Managing Director, Mr. Barry Robinson, is the great, great grandson of the Founder, Albert Tubelcain Miller.’

  3. kirizar says:

    I love the picture. It is such a clever crop giving the image a different sort of take. It implies history and long-standing tradition. Back in the day when they ‘made things to last’.

  4. Trifocal says:

    So pleased you like it Kirizar 🙂

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