In the discussion thread: Do you like swing, jazz, music of your Grandmother's life? [View all]
Response to grasswire (Original post)
Sun Apr 8, 2012, 01:05 AM
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9. That's the music we listen to every day.
My Mom is now 93 and we play that for her to listen to every day, and over the years I have learned to love it too. Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, the Dorseys, Benny Goodman, all the great bands of that era. My Mom went to see Glenn Miller and his orchestra perform live at least once, and says she stood at the edge of the stage just listening instead of dancing, and she knew at that time that his music would live forever. It wasn't long after that his plane disappeared. We have the "Glenn Miller Story" movie on DVD and we watch it often, for the music.
When I was a kid, some of these greats including Duke Ellington and Count Basie played at Disneyland, and we could have gone over there because we lived only 5 miles away, but I was way too young to appreciate who they were then. My Mom dragged me once to a Stan Kenton concert, and at that time I didn't really appreciate the music, but now I'm glad that I had the experience. Only in recent years have I really started to listen to all those songs and appreciate them, and recognize the same songs being done by different singers and bands in different styles.
Every Thursday evening, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra plays at a large Chinese restaurant with a dance floor here. It is about a 20-piece band and they play all the oldies from that era, and throw in a few newer songs for variety here and there. But mostly the old standards. I have taken my Mom to it several times, and I took her to a wheelchair dance class recently, to learn how to dance with the wheelchair. Last time at the MSO I took her out on the dance floor in her wheelchair. Also two other people that night, who are far better dancers than me, took her out on the floor for one song each. My Mom was smiling bigger than I've seen her smile in a long time while she was out there.
Thanks for the info about KMDH, we'll give it a listen.
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