Music Monday – Swing It, Baby!

I may not do a lot of dancing, and I’ve never tried Swing, but I truly love the big band sound that makes up swing music.  The horns sing to me…and how can you not find yourself tapping your foot and snapping your fingers along to the beat?  Today’s Music Monday bring you music from a few modern-ish swing artists as well as the classic Glenn Miller.
I Wanna Be Like YouBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
(released 1999)
Now I’m the king of the swingers, boy, Jungle V.I.P.
I’ve reached the top, and had to stop,
And that’s what’s bothering me
I wanna be a man, a man cub, stroll right into town
And be just like the other men I’m tired of monkeying around
You may recognize the tune and/or lyrics if you’re a Jungle Book movie fan, but you’ve probably not heard it all swung up like this.  I love BBVD (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and this is probably my favorite song of theirs.
So Long TootsCherry Poppin’ Daddies
(released 2000)
So long toots
Bound for Chicago it’s been swell
You got your hooks
Into me momma
You know damn well
You know i gotta leave
Before you’re up a tree
And our good thing comes crashin to the ground
Another modern swing band, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies busted into the scene around 1990 along with BBVD.
In the MoodGlen Miller Orchestra
(released 1939)
From one of the original swing kings, the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Why Me? – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
(released 2012)
From their most recent (non-Christmas) album, Rattle Them Bones.  Man these guys just get my blood flowing…foot tapping, head bobbing.  It’s tough not to play the drums on my desk.
AND….since we’re coming up on Christmas in a month and a half or so…
Christmas ExtravaganzaBrian Setzer Orchestra
(released 2005)
This video is the first 8 or so minutes of the Extravaganza.  This link is to the hour and forty minute show:

Music Monday – Round and Round and Faster and Faster

As I was tucking my daughter in to night, Bolero was playing on the classical station.  We let our daughters listen to the jazz or classical stations or play CDs we’ve approved of as ‘going to sleep’ music.  So, I explained to my daughter about how Bolero goes on for a long time, repeating itself and slowly, ever so slowly, picking up tempo.  So here we are, going round and round, getting faster and faster.  Ravel and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.  I’m sure there are other songs that do this, as well, but they haven’t popped into my head.  I’ll leave you to enjoy these two pieces.

Bolero by Marice Ravel

(performed by the Bejart Ballet Lausanne)

I’m not a big fan of ballet, but I figured I might as well post a video of somebody doing something other than playing an instrument for fourteen minutes and this performance is kind of interesting.  This is a performance by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, a Swiss ballet company formed in 1987.

Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

(released 1998 on the compilation disc ‘Swing This, Baby!’ –a very good swing disc, btw)

The Ding-Dong Daddy had a sensual soul
Lonely women flocked to him and he loved them all
A train went in the tunnel in the dark he proposed
The bonds of matrimony in the sweetest prose
The ladies got together and decided they’d been had
This ain’t Salt Lake and you ain’t Don Juan man
We’ve got to give you credit we was happy for a time
But you’re the Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-car line

Starting at just after the two minute and twenty second mark, you get to the lyrics above.  At the first line, the rhythm is rather slow, but it makes about three uptempo changes in twenty or so seconds to get back to the rhythm that they play most of the song.

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