Music Player Shuffle Adventures… 1940s Edition!

In a pub trivia game last night, we had an “audio” question where the “big band” track Moonlight Serenade played, and we had to ID the bandleader/composer who did that song. My team was all over this one..(well really, it was all me, though I did almost second guess myself and wonder if it was Benny Goodman instead).

It gets a bit…weirder! Today, I took a 1.5 mile walk into “Depot Town” (I completed the walk in just over 20 minutes – I was really haulin’ ass today). And what track should my mp3 player pick – randomly – but one of my two Glenn Miller Orchestra tracks, of course! Well, at least  the  track is “labeled” as Glenn Miller, though another bandleader named Benny  Goodman had a hit with it. I have no way of knowing…it’s  still a “big  band” track, like the audio clue we had on Thursday…

As it turns out, Sing, Sing, Sing is a pretty good “walking tune!” Hell, if John Bonham (Led Zeppelin drummer) were alive, even he would have to say the drums in that track are pretty…damn good! For inquiring minds, the “other” Glenn Miller Orchestra track I have in my digital collection is In The Mood. It features some great saxophone playing!

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A sample of fashion designer Christian Dior’s “new look” from the 1940s. If I were alive in the ’40s, I would likely admire this look – but I don’t think I’d be more likely to dress in “fashion” then than I am now (LOL)! I’d probably be that rebellious girl in “pedal pushers…”

What better to imagine yourself in the ’40s than to listen to big band/ Glenn Miller tracks? I may not be the most “girly” person in the world, but even I know the ’40s was a great time for fashion – for both men (hello zoot suits) and women! Yes, women sadly still were expected to wear skirts and dresses exclusively (pardon me while I cry a little), but man…they had styles back then! One of the fashion designers who started to make a real name for himself in the 1940s was Christian Dior. If you’re into celebrity deaths, look into his death – there were rumors that he died of a heart attack – brought about by a sexual encounter! Hey, if you gotta go – go happy!

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Speaking of odd celebrity deaths, look no further than Glenn Miller himself. He took off in a plane in 1944 – and was never seen again (at age 40).

4 thoughts on “Music Player Shuffle Adventures… 1940s Edition!

  1. We played Sing, Sing, Sing in our marching band halftime show – still remains one of my favorite songs! Did you know that while Benny Goodman had the hit with it, it was written by trumpet player Louis Prima?

    1. I have no idea who recorded my mp3 copy but its listed as glenn miller…hmmmm! I will be sure to edit my post accordingly. It was probably a napster download from way back when.

      1. Glenn may have done a version. Benny was known for it. Side note – the best concert I ever attended was Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band (I was a trumpet player) and Mel Torme’. Doc opened for Mel. I was going to leave after hearing Doc, but Mel came out and blew me away! He had to be in his late 60’s early 70’s. Toward the end of the concert, Doc and a few TSB members came out to play with his band. Mel got up on the drums and they did Sing, Sing, Sing – Simply amazing! He played the drums like a 20 year old. Such a cool concert!

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