“Michigan Water” – Jelly’s Last Jam
Music: Jelly Roll Morton Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
According to famous jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton in this musical (one of two about his life; the other being Jelly Roll), Michigan water tastes like sherry wine. The residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan may not have agreed when they experienced one of the most disastrous floods on this day in 1904, though it floods in the state quite regularly. Still, the smooth, lazy beat of this number makes “Michigan Water” quite pleasing to the ear, even if the taste is debatable.