I’m either a sentimentalist or an old fool, haven’t decided yet. I just love to turn on music from the swing era, also referred to as the Big Band Era. Close my eyes, sit back and relive those days from long ago. The odd part is, I was very young at that time. Why it is so memorable to me, I don’t know? Those great musical years helped the nation through World War ll. The country was united, everyone was involved in the war effort. Those were very special years.
Everyone was listening to Duke Ellington, Glenn Gray, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and countless others. My most favorite of all time was the Glenn Miller Orchestra. That music was incredible in the 1940’s and is just as good today. Glenn Miller was a major in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II he led a 50 piece military band that specialized in swing music. He lost his life on a flight between shows while entertaining the troops.
The sentimental memories of countless dance halls and dancing partners is a fun journey to take. We danced to Glen Miller through the 1950’s. I could never dance well, as I never knew what a music note was. My second-grade teacher snatched the triangle right out of my hand on day two of music class. She ruined my life! Don’t get far in this world playing sticks. When I look back at the old dances we all attended, seems like I became Fred Astaire after a few drinks. I had fun at the expense of the young ladies toes! My age has reached 75, sentimental journeys are the only kind I’m planning and plenty of them.