|Arranged by:||John Roache|
Hal Isbitz's newest rag composition. When asked to explain the title, Hal responds: " I wrote the piece for Mimi Blais, the fine French-Canadian pianist,
whose English is fluent but heavily accented. In June 1994 during a concert at
the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Mimi announced her next number as Euday
Bowman's "Eleventh Street Rag," placing the accent on the first syllable of
"Eleventh". I turned to my neighbor in the audience and said, "If I ever write a
piece for Mimi, I'm going to call it "Elephant Street Rag.'' A year later in
Savannah I presented the score to Mimi. She roared and said I was crazy. I've
endured worse criticism."
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