I have often thought that the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein contained tremendous deep truths of the human spirit, and I always encourage those new to the American song book to listen to Hammerstein rather than Sondheim. Here's how his nephew, eminent author of An Empire of Wealth, put it: "Like all artists whose work endures, Oscar Hammerstein used aspects of his own life to provide a window through which less-gifted people might see more deeply into the human soul and learn better what it is that makes us human". I believe the Hammerstein lyrics are good for market people and we listen to them every day here.

Jeff Watson writes: 

You're right about Hammerstein's lyrics 100%. I listen to Hammerstein once a week, maybe twice (usually a favorite from South Pacific). I play a wide variety of music here. It can be very pleasing to the ear as well to the soul to successfully fit the music to the tone of the market, and it's harder than it looks. A wine steward pairs wines with courses, a successful speculator pairs the markets with music. Sometimes it's Chopin, sometimes it's Tony Bennett, maybe The Brian Jonestown Massacre, could be Frank Zappa, Celtic music, Cajun waltzes, East Texas Swing, and on and on. The grains alone sing a greater variety and styles of songs than all the musicians and songwriters in the world combined. Admittedly, this speculator finds it very hard to match the music with the market, and when I can't get it right, nothing beats the Overture from William Tell or March of the Valkyries to wake things up. 





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  1. Question on November 19, 2012 3:48 pm

    Which Oscar Hammerstein, the second?

  2. astro the family dog on November 20, 2012 2:58 am

    I love the music I find it quite the way to go.

    I will suggest over the last 2 decades something I have notice, as you cross the nation of some 330 million or so now today. I notice New York as well as the major 12-13 major cities have little to no ‘concern’ by the rest of the nation as to what city folk think and do!

    At 1st I was in awe knowing the numbers of the population and the balance, but saw just how great a separation there was in what city folk like and the others simply could care less.

    I thought about that for years could see just why it had occur over a simply enjoyment I thought important, than just the last decade or lest now can see a great sea of distaste really opening between each.

    Your would have thought something so beautiful such as a push of music would stand the test of time. Well it has not and in fact in time could be lost in a blink of an eye, because societies do change and old things do just die.

    ————-not more than a 125-150 years one would have been lucky to hear their favorite music play 10 or so times in a life time, as the only way was though a park band or event of family and friends. Its so hard to believe that, as today its not even a thought as how you can hear anything and at anytime.

    Could all that has been given,,,from others hard work of course…simply lose its inner meaning?


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