This afternoon we give the debut performance of Volume 10 of "When Swing Was King" at the Via Christe assisted living center on Omaha's near north side.The program continues to provide senior citizens a wonderful time of entertainment, nostalgia, and conversation centered around the sights and sounds of the big band era.
But don't just take my word for it...
"From the first song you played till the last, my legs and feet wouldn't keep still. And on some of those songs, other parts were moving that hadn't moved in quite awhile! What great music and such memories!" (Resident)
"'When Swing Was King' is a much enjoyed special event in our facility. Our residents look forward to this time of musical reminiscence...The quality of this presentation is awesome. I am so grateful to Denny and Claire for enhancing our activity calendar. I appreciate their kindness in sharing their time and talent." (Activities director, Lindenwood Nursing Home)
"That brought back so many memories, both sad and happy. I'm going to be thinking about this the whole afternoon. Thank you so much for coming. It was the best program we've ever had here." (Resident)
"This reminded me so well of the good old days. Why, I hadn't heard Vaughn Monroe or the Andrews Sisters for I can't remember when. Thank you. This was really grand." (Resident)
"Our residents love 'When Swing was King.' They await the program all morning and enjoy reminiscing about it after it is through. It’s like a window to the past and can get all of them reminiscing about those times. The pictures and the music are wonderful! We look forward to ‘When Swing was King’ every month! Thanks, Claire and Denny!" (Activities director, Skyline Retirement Community)
"We have no way to hear this music anymore. They don't play it on the radio and I don't have the records anymore. Thank you for bringing it to us. Please come back soon." (Resident)
"Dennis and Claire do a fantastic job bringing to life the big band music with a Power Point presentation of photo clips from the 30’s through the 50’s which they designed themselves. Denny also narrates between the songs, sharing fascinating facts and trivia about the singers and music which make it very interesting and educational...The residents absolutely love to hear, see and experience ‘When Swing Was King!’” (Activities director, Assisted Living at Immanuel Courtyard)
"Where did you find all of those pictures? And the music! If I could have danced, I sure would have! This was delightful. Please come back again and again." (Resident)
Yesterday I published a brief post letting you know how YOU could be a big help to us in securing even more "gigs" for this delightful and completely free-of-charge program. Please check out that post.
And then, because several of you have asked to keep up on the specific playlists of the various volumes of "When Swing Was King," here's Volume Ten:
1) Glenn Miller Orchestra -- "King Porter Stomp"
2) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra -- "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
3) Les Elgart Orchestra -- "Night And Day"
4) Vaughn Monroe and Orchestra -- "Racing With The Moon"
5) Lawrence Welk Orchestra -- "Stranger On The Shore"
6) Vera Lynn -- "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square"
7) Harry James Orchestra -- "Ciribiribin"
8) Duke Ellington and Orchestra -- "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
9) Ray Anthony Orchestra -- "Stars Fell On Alabama"
10) Benny Goodman Orchestra with Helen Forrest -- "Taking A Chance On Love"
11) Count Basie and Orchestra -- "Pennies From Heaven"
12) Judy Garland -- "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
13) Guy Lombardo Orchestra -- "Boo Hoo"